CNN anchor Lou Dobbs, whose controversial brand of advocacy journalism put him in the crosshairs of public opinion. Dobbs announced Wednesday he will be leaving the network.
Veteran CNN journalist John King, who will be replacing Lou Dobbs in the 7 p.m. time slot, as announced by CNN Thursday.
Lou Dobbs announced during his broadcast Wednesday evening he is leaving CNN, effective immediately.
"Over the past six months, it has become increasingly clear that strong winds of change have begun buffeting this country and affecting all of us," Dobbs said. “Some leaders in the media, politics and business have been urging me to go beyond my role here at CNN and engage in constructive problem-solving. I’m considering a number of options and directions.”
The controversial CNN anchor has been with the network since its beginning, and asked to be released from his contract early, which was due to expire in late 2011, after discussions with Jonathan Klein, president of CNN.
UPDATED: CNN journalist John King has been chosen to replace Lou Dobbs in the 7 p.m. time slot. The focus of his program will be political news.
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