Fox Business Network said it would rework its daytime schedule to accommodate the launch of a new two-hour program featuring Maria Bartiromo, the veteran TV journalist who left her longtime perch at CNBC late last year.
Bartiromo’s program, “Opening Bell with Maria Bartiromo” will debut along with the new schedule on February 24, between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Eastern. As part of the launch, Fox Business Network’s simulcast of Don Imus’ radio program will be trimmed by 20 minutes. “Imus in the Morning” had been airing on Fox Business between 6 a.m. and 9:20 a.m.
“Our new schedule will enhance our ability to deliver timely key business news and we are thrilled to debut fresh programming with an all-star team,” said Kevin Magee, exec veep of Fox Business Network, in a prepared statement.
Other moves are also in store. “Varney & Co.,” anchored by Stuart Varney, will now be presented between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. eastern. It has been airing after the “Imus” broadcast, starting at 9:20 a.m. and ending at 11 a.m. “Markets Now” will continue running between 1 p.m and 2 p.m., until a new program focused on alternative investing anchored by Deirdre Bolton, a recent hire by the 21st Century Fox-owned cable outlet, launches sometime within the first quarter.
Starting Feb. 10, “Money with Melissa Francis,” currently airing at 5 p.m., will shift to 2 p.m. eastern, and”The Willis Report,” hosted by Gerri Willis, will shift to 5 p.m. It currently airs at 6 p.m.
“Cavuto” anchored by Neil Cavuto, managing editor of the network, will run at 6 p.m., with an encore presentation at 8 p.m. It has been running at 8 p.m.
All changes will remain in place when the new programming block goes into effect Feb. 24.
FBN said Liz Claman will continue hosting “Countdown to the Closing Bell” at 3 p.m. and co-anchoring “After the Bell” with David Asman at 4 p.m. “Lou Dobbs Tonight” remains at 7 p.m., preceding the network’s primetime lineup of “Cavuto” at 8 p.m., “The Independents at 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday, and “Stossel” at 9 p.m. on Thursday.
Bartiromo is also expected to host a Sunday program on Fox News Channel focused on business.