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Maria Bartiromo’s Sunday show on Fox News to debut March 30

Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch in 1996, at a press conference announcing the creation of Fox News. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, file) Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch in 1996, at a press conference announcing the creation of Fox News. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, file)

Fox News today announced that Maria Bartiromo, a CNBC icon who recently jumped to Fox Business Network, will be hosting a one-hour show on Fox News Channel titled “Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo.” According to a Fox News release, the biz-news star “will interview business leaders and industry newsmakers on topics such as job creation and investment opportunities, providing viewers with an inside look at how to prepare financially for the future.” It’ll air at 10 a.m. ET on Fox News.

Sounds promising.

Bartiromo’s career is closely linked to that of Fox News chief Roger Ailes. In the mid-’90s, Ailes was the boss at CNBC and dispatched Bartiromo to report from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, a visionary move that helped make her a national figure (she’s known as the “Money Honey“). The biz anchor’s defection from CNBC and subsequent signing at Fox Business came after years of off-and-on talks with Ailes, along with an indignity or two: According to Gabriel Sherman’s biography of Ailes — “The Loudest Voice in the Room” — the Fox News boss several years ago “passed on” Bartiromo for reasons that won’t show up in any Fox News press release. “[Ailes] wished she hadn’t gained so much weight,” an executive involved in the talks told Sherman. “He said she went from looking like Sophia Loren to Mamma Leone. He felt he was being used to get more money from CNBC.”

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