Tom Snyder returns to TV

Broadcasting veteran Tom Snyder will return to television in late January as the host of a newly created program on cabler CNBC.

Called “Tom Snyder,” the show will mark the first time a CNBC series will be based in Los Angeles.

Snyder is under contract with CNBC for one year with an additional option year.

Snyder has been the host of a nightly syndicated radio program that was part of the ABC Radio Network since 1987. However, this summer, citing a poor financial climate for such programming, ABC said it would disband its nightly talk network.

The decision left Snyder and Deborah Norville without an outlet for their radio programs. Norville has since moved on to CBS’s “Street Stories.” Snyder’s radio stint ends Nov. 27.

Snyder said the CNBC show would be very similar to his radio program, including call-ins, guests and interviews.

In addition to his radio career, Snyder has an extensive television background that includes stints as an anchor at KNBC-TV in the ’70s and an eight-year run as the host of the late night program “Tomorrow.”

After an unsuccessful search for another suitable radio syndicator to carry his show, Snyder decided to take up CNBC’s Andy Friendly on his offer to come work at the cable network.

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