12:55pm PT by Michael O'Connell
Former MTV VJ Kennedy to Host Fox Business Network Show
In a move that's bound to make many a Gen-X-er feel a little old, Fox Business Network announced Tuesday that '90s MTV VJ Kennedy has just been tapped to host a primetime series about economics.
Lisa Kennedy Montgomery, who first joined FBN in 2012 as a Stossel contributor, will topline The Independents -- a new program that intends to direct the financial network's lens at the protection of economic and civil liberties.
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Kennedy will serve as a co-host alongside Reason magazine's Matt Welch, America’s Future Foundation’s Kmele Foster and a rotating panel of money experts. The program premieres Dec. 9 and will run four times weekly -- Mondays through Wednesdays and again on Fridays -- at 9 p.m. ET. (Stossel will continue to air in the time slot on Thursdays.)
The new hour marks another programming expansion for FBN, which currently airs an encore of Gerri Willis' Willis Report in the hour. FBN recently made headlines when it wooed financial news heavyweight Maria Bartiromo away from competitor CNBC. News of The Independents was announced by network executive vp Kevin Magee.
Kennedy, who is repped by N.S. Bienstock, recently published her second book: The Kennedy Chronicles: The Golden Age of MTV Through Rose-Colored Glasses. She also hosts Music in the Morning on Los Angeles' 98.7 FM.