Cheatwood exits CNN for Fox News


NEW YORK -- Joel Cheatwood, the news executive who used tabloid techniques to great success in local TV, jumped CNN for a post at Fox News Channel.

The move was confirmed by CNN.

Cheatwood joined CNN in 2003 as a program development executive and had been an adviser to CNN president Jon Klein. He had brought local anchor Rick Sanchez to CNN and, most recently, was consulted by Klein when Klein wanted to bring FNC anchor Kiran Chetry to CNN. (Chetry was hired Wednesday to become co-anchor of "American Morning.")

Cheatwood was one of CNN's main weapons in the battle against Fox News Channel, which overtook CNN long before Klein and Cheatwood arrived on the scene.

Cheatwood is well-known in news circles for his stunts in local TV that included sound effects and, in 1997, his hiring of tabloid talk-show host Jerry Springer as a commentator at WMAQ-TV in Chicago. He also has worked for stations in Miami, Boston and CBS O&O WCBS-TV in New York.