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Simon Hobbs is leaving CNBC after 18 years

July 29, 2016

Posted by Chris Roush

Simon Hobbs
Simon Hobbs

Simon Hobbs, an anchor for CNBC for the past 18 years, announced Friday that he is leaving the business news network.

In a note to the staff, CNBC editor in chief and senior vice president Nikhil Deogun wrote:

For the past 18 years, Simon has made a significant contribution to the success of the network. In the U.S. and the U.K., where he began his career with the company, Simon has anchored programs that broadcast during critical hours of the trading day, including “Squawk on the Street” and “European Closing Bell.”  Every day, Simon has brought energy, enthusiasm and perspective to our programming.

I want to thank Simon for his unwavering dedication and constant professionalism.

In an email to Talking Biz News, Hobbs wrote:

I’m just thanking everyone past and present for what’s been a great journey over past 18 years at CNBC. But it’s probably time for some new adventures.

Hobbs currently co-anchors the 10 a.m. hour of “Squawk on the Street” live from the New York Stock Exchange.

Previously, Hobbs was based at CNBC in London where he had anchored “European Closing Bell” and “Europe Tonight.” Hobbs also hosted “The Leaders,” a series of in-depth one-to-one interviews with the world’s business and political elite.

In 2006, Hobbs was named Television Personality of the Year by the Association of International Broadcasters and has hosted high-level, international meetings for the European Union, the United Nations, the World Bank and environmental nongovernmental organizations.

Hobbs spent a decade in radio producing some of the biggest names in UK broadcasting. His work for news organizations includes the BBC, Reuters and Sky News.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in economics from the University College London.

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