Strip to be renamed, reformated

CNBC “money honey” Maria Bartiromo has added another line to her resume, taking over as host of NBC Universal TV Distribution’s “The Wall Street Journal Report.”

Bartiromo will take over the newly renamed “The Wall Street Journal Report With Maria Bartiromo” in September; show has been cleared in 85% of the country, including NBC-owned WNBC New York, KNBC Los Angeles and WMAQ Chicago.

“I’m looking forward to bringing a fresh voice to the program and continuing to democratize information for its viewers,” Bartiromo said. “The show will be reformatted to capitalize on my strengths — featuring interviews with the newsmaking people in business each week.”

NBC Universal Domestic TV prexy Barry Wallach plans to officially announce the appointment today. “Wall Street Journal Report” is produced by CNBC, with input from the editors of the Journal.

Bartiromo replaces Consuelo Mack, who will now focus more of her attention reporting for CNBC’s “Business Day.” Mack will also become substitute host for “Louis Rukeyser’s Wall Street.”

As part of the change, Bartiromo will no longer host the Monday evening CNBC skein “Special Report With Maria Bartiromo.” She’ll continue hosting the cabler’s afternoon strips “Closing Bell With Maria Bartiromo” and “Closing Bell With Maria Bartiromo and Tyler Mathisen.”

Bartiromo has been with CNBC since 1993; she also contributes to a variety of other NBC properties, including the Peacock’s “Today” show and its owned stations’ morning programs.

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