- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 12, 2009

Longtime CNN anchor Lou Dobbs, whose defiant populism and restrictive stance on immigration policy have sparked controversy, announced on his Wednesday night broadcast that he is leaving the network effective immediately.

“Turning to a personal note, tonight’s broadcast will be my last,” Mr. Dobbs said on his 7 p.m. program, “Lou Dobbs Tonight.”

Mr. Dobbs’ contract was not set to expire until the end of 2011, the New York Times reported. He joined CNN when the network signed on in 1980.

Mr. Dobbs informed his staff of his intentions in a meeting Wednesday afternoon, catching some of the staffers off-guard. According to the Times, the anchor, 64, did not immediately respond to a telephone call seeking comment.

The outspoken Mr. Dobbs is considered an anomaly at CNN, which has sought to position itself as a nonideological alternative committed to objective reporting in a cable news arena that has grown increasingly polemical and polarized, especially in prime time.

The CNN employees interviewed Wednesday by the Times said they did not know if Mr. Dobbs was moving to another network.

By Robyn-Denise Yourse from combined dispatches

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