David Asman and Stuart Varney Among Five Named as News Anchors on Fox Business Channel
There have always been two lingering questions about the new Fox Business Network cable channel (besides their plan for destroying rival CNBC): Who will their anchors be, and what's their programming going to be like? (not real logo at right)
One of those questions was answered in part today, with news that FBN was importing five anchors from the mothership Fox News Channel: David Asman; Cheryl Casone; Rebecca Gomez; Dagen McDowell, and Stuart Varney. all are expected to retain their current roles on Fox as well.
They'll join top Fox busines anchor Neil Cavuto, who is FBN's top anchor and the senior VP directing Fox business news.FBN is scheduled for an Oct. 15 launch, with questions remaining about whether they will be able to fully tap the resources of Dow Jones Inc., recently purchased by parent company News Corp. An agreement between Dow jones and CNBC may make it tough for FBN to use any branding or personnel from Dow Jones companies such as the Wall Street Journal until 2012.
So, even as conmpetitive concerns keep information about FBN's plans scarce, any little tidbit bring a little ore understanding of the game plan.
Here's the release:
"FOX Business Network (FBN) has named five anchors from the FOX News Channel (FNC) business team, announced Kevin Magee, Executive Vice President, FOX News. They join Neil Cavuto, Senior Vice President and Managing Editor of Business News, and Alexis Glick, Director of Business News.
The anchors include: David Asman; Cheryl Casone; Rebecca Gomez; Dagen McDowell, and Stuart Varney. FBN will also draw upon FNC anchors Brenda Buttner of Bulls and Bears and Terry Keenan, business correspondent and anchor of Cashin’ In. All will retain their current roles on FNC.
David Asman is currently the host of Forbes on Fox and has been with FNC since 1997, when he joined as weekday anchor for Fox News Live. Prior to FOX, Asman held numerous roles at The Wall Street Journal including editorial features editor.
Cheryl Casone has been a correspondent for FNC’s business unit since November 2006, providing hourly market updates for FoxNews.com and partner site Yahoo! Finance. Before joining FNC, she was a freelance business correspondent for CNN, primarily reporting from the New York Stock Exchange.
Rebecca Gomez serves as a business correspondent for FNC with regular appearances on Your World with Neil Cavuto and the Cost of Freedom business block on Saturdays. She joined FNC when the network launched in 1996, and prior to that position she was an anchor/reporter at Lifetime Television.
Dagen McDowell has served as a business correspondent for FNC since 2003, appearing regularly on Your World with Neil Cavuto and Cashin’ In. McDowell was previously the author of a personal finance column for TheStreet.com called “Dear Dagen.”
Stuart Varney has been part of FNC’s business team since 2004, most recently as a business contributor and substitute host for Your World with Neil Cavuto. Before joining FNC, Varney was the host of CNBC’s Wall Street Editorial Board with Stuart Varney."