News About News Readers
Some of the best-known anchors in cable news made news themselves last week.
Stuart Varney, co-anchor of CNN’s struggling Moneyline, resigned from the program. Ash Wednesday remarks by Ted Turner calling Catholics “Jesus freaks” apparently inflamed differences between Varney and CNN executives, whose ideas for changing the newscast didn’t mesh with the anchor’s. L.A.-based co-anchor Willow Bay will anchor the show more often from New York for the foreseeable future, CNN says.
Despite rumors, CNN insiders deny Leu Dobbs might be a candidate to return to Moneyline. Dobbs instead was working with CNBC and The Wall Street Journal on a special on President Bush’s first 100 days.
Meanwhile, the best news of all was for Bill O’Reilly, host of Fox News Channel’s top-rated The O’Reilly Factor. He signed a six-year deal, worth between $24 million and $30 million according to various reports, that will keep him at the Fox anchor desk and give him shots on Fox News Sunday and a new radio show.
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