Former Indiana Senator to offer news, analysis

Fox News Channel has signed former Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana to a role as contributor. Bayh will offer news and analysis, initially with an eye toward the net’s coverage of the upcoming 2012 elections.

“Senator Bayh’s decades of experience in the political arena and his participation in key decisions in Washington will lend a valuable point of view to the entire Fox News lineup,” said s.v.p. of news editorial Michael Clemente in a release issued Monday by the net.

Prominent politicians on exclusive contributor contracts are a regular feature on the network, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who hosts a weekend talkshow (“Huckabee”).

The net recently disciplined two of its contributors: Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich were suspended on rumors that the pair were seeking the Republican presidential nomination and will be allowed to return to the net after a 60-day period only if they will confirm to Fox that they are not running for president.

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