Tony Snow joins CNN


NEW YORK -- Former White House press secretary and Fox News Channel host Tony Snow has joined CNN.

Snow will be a conservative commentator for the network's political team, said CNN/U.S. president Jonathan Klein. He joins James Carville, Paul Begala and William Bennett, among others in CNN's stable of commentators, beginning Monday with an appearance on "Larry King Live."

It wasn't immediately clear why Snow, who was closely associated with Fox News Channel for a decade and was host of "Fox News Sunday" from 1996 to 2003, decided upon CNN. Snow is a permanent substitute for Fox News Radio's "Radio Factor," although he hasn't appeared on the channel itself much. Fox News has the ultimate political insider in Karl Rove, who debuted Feb. 5.

Snow, who couldn't be reached for comment, was a substitute co-host for CNN's "Crossfire" before joining Fox News in the mid-1990s. CNN political director Sam Feist said that CNN had been talking on and off to Snow since he left the White House. He said that Snow will appear not just on election nights but also throughout the schedule.

Snow has a long list of conservative credentials that also include being regular guest host for Rush Limbaugh's radio program in the 1990s and editorial page editor of the right-leaning Washington Times. He hosted his own show on Fox News Radio from 2003 to 2006, when he joined the White House. He was press secretary from 2003 to 2006 and was a speechwriter for the first Bush administration