FOX Business Network’s television simulcast of the Don Imus radio show will end on May 29th according to AdWeek’s TVNewser.
Imus is too ugly to appear on the site (I’ve got my standards), so gaze at this picture of a FOX Business’ Sandra Smith instead. I think she’s been on with Imus.
The simulcast made sense back in the days when Fox Business was an amorphous upstart challenger to CNBC, but now that the network has found its voice and hired some pretty heavy hitting business news names like Maria Bartiromo and Melissa Francis, the Imus show doesn’t fit in at all. I know I’ve mistakenly turned FOX Business on at 8 or 8:30 AM looking for business news in the past and been forced to look elsewhere. A business network could probably make better use of those pre-market hours relaying business news.
A network executive with knowledge of the decision said the plan had been in the works since January when Imus informed FNC Chairman & CEO Roger Ailes that he was moving to Texas. Both sides agreed to part ways. Ailes is said to have had a warm relationship with Imus for more than 30 years and is appreciative of the contributions he made to the network
After being thrown off MSNBC for making a joke in 2007, Imus was briefly off television completely. He returned on little-known RFD-TV before making the jump to FOX in 2009.