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More changes at Fox Business Network as Eric Bolling replaces Dave Ramsey at 8 p.m.

June 8, 2010 | 12:19 pm

Eric_Bolling-007 Two and a half years into its run, Fox Business Network is looking to bolster its schedule with the launch of several new shows in key time slots. The latest move came Tuesday, when FBN announced that former CNBC contributor Eric Bolling will be taking over the 8 p.m. hour now anchored by syndicated radio host Dave Ramsey.

“Money Rocks with Eric Bolling,” which premieres June 21, is being billed by FBN as an “upbeat and irreverent take on stories that intersect among business, politics, sports and celebrity.” Bolling, a former Wall Street trader who was a panelist on CNBC’s “Fast Money” until joining FBN in 2008, last cohosted the network's 5 p.m. show “Happy Hour." It was bumped for “The Willis Report,” a consumer-oriented program anchored by former CNN personal-finance editor Gerri Willis that debuted Monday.

“Eric’s ability to boil down complex financial issues to expose their real-world implications makes him the ideal choice to strengthen FBN’s prime-time lineup,” Fox Business Chief Executive Roger Ailes said in a statement.

Ramsey may continue to make occasional appearances on FBN through the duration of his contract, which expires this year.

The network also confirmed reports that it is launching a new weekend show hosted by Andrew Napolitano, a former New Jersey Superior Court judge. “Freedom Watch,” which will premiere Saturday at 10 a.m., appears crafted to appeal to adherents of the "tea party" movement with its focus on “economic liberties and consumer rights as outlined by the United States Constitution.” Among the scheduled guests Saturday: Sarah Palin and Rand Paul, a U.S. Senate candidate in Kentucky.

-- Matea Gold

Photo: Eric Bolling Credit: Fox Business