After six years at CNBC, anchor Dylan Ratigan left the network March 27. His contract negotiations broke down because "he wanted things from NBC in addition to CNBC," says an insider. CNBC
stars Maria Bartiromo and Erin Burnett have deals which ensure exposure on other NBCU platforms.
At least one other network, ABC, is reportedly interested in Ratigan. While ABC does not have the cable breadth of NBCU, the network could provide Ratigan with opportunities beyond business news. Ratigan is telling friends he chose to leave because he wants to continue pursuing a story which began on his CNBC broadcasts -- the robbing of America.
Back in 2007, Ratigan told Marketwatch.com's Jon Friedman, that his dream job was late-night TV. That year, he also hosted a game show for CNBC. Some media watchers suggest Ratigan's departure was prompted by tension with CNBC vice president Susan Krakower who, along with Ratigan, created "Fast Money" in 2006. Melissa Lee is expected to fill in on "Fast Money" for the time being.