Lou Dobbs is back

Lou Dobbs, who left CNN exactly a year go in a fuss over his strident views on immigration, has signed a deal with the Fox Business Network. He’ll host a program starting early next year and will appear on various other shows on the network.

Dobbs, who spent nearly three decades as a CNN anchor in two separate stints at the network, resigned with a surprising on-air announcement on Nov. 11, 2009, after repeated clashes with his bosses about his commentaries denouncing illegal immigration. There had also been controversy over Dobbs’ challenges to President Barack Obama to produce his birth certificate, though most of those took place on his nationally syndicated radio show.

Though there was widespread speculation at the time of his resignation that Dobbs would head for Fox News or Fox Business, officials at the two networks also shrugged it off, saying there had been no talks. The timing of Wednesday’s announcement suggests Dobbs’ CNN contract may have had a noncompete clause that kept him off rival cable-news nets.

How many viewers Dobbs will draw to Fox Business, which three years after its launch still mostly lags behind chief competitor CNBC, is an open question.



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