Dennis Kneale's turbulent but entertaining tenure at CNBC is set to end, barring a last-minute plot twist. According to sources with knowledge of the situation, Kneale, the business channel's media and technology editor and one of its most recognizable faces, is likely to leave after his current contract expires sometime in the next several weeks. He joined CNBC from Forbes magazine, where he was managing editor, in October 2007.

"There's an outside shot that he could still work out a deal," says one knowledgeable source, but it's exceedingly unlikely as CNBC has made it clear it's unwilling to re-up him at anything close to his current salary, believed to be around $500,000 a year. Kneale did not respond to a message left on his cell phone, and a network spokesman declined to comment, citing a policy against discussing personnel matters.

Although he's a well-known figure with a considerable reputation in business journalism, Kneale has had difficulty finding a groove at CNBC. For five months, he hosted his own show in prime time, but that was canceled last September. More recently, he was the co-host of Power Lunch, but that ended in June. Since then, he has openly discussed the possibility that CNBC wouldn't renew his deal.

His splashiest moments in the past three years have generally come at his own expense -- for instance, when he ranted about the "dickweed" bloggers who make fun of him, and when he drew jeers from fellow journalists for suggesting they ought to protect the powerful people they cover in order to ensure continued access.

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I don't think he ever added anything to CNBC. He was more of a distraction.

September 17 2010 at 3:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Now if they could get rid of the dude with the pony tail on Fast Money. Every time he turns his head and exposes that thing, it grosses me out.

September 17 2010 at 3:20 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Finally now if they could cut the number of "hosts" to a maximum of two enough already of these idiots opinions hopefully Mark in the morning will be next thank god for the mute button

September 17 2010 at 1:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I quit watching CNBC because he was just so ignorant and annoying and LOUD. Now I can watch again...yea!!!

September 17 2010 at 1:30 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Good Riddance !!! Was too much of a cynic.

September 17 2010 at 12:48 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

The thing that I was most upset about was when they talked about the law banning texting while driving. They asked him how many people had to die before he thought it was a good law and he stated "more than one" Well, let me tell you. If it is one of your own family members, it is just one. I know he is hard on the eyes, but that is no reason to let him go. Let him go because he is an idiot....

September 17 2010 at 12:24 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Finally! He is NOT easy on the eyes, ears or intellect. Kinda like a nails on the chalkboard effect on his I right? OK but there are a few others there that hit me the same way...Michelle Caruso Cabrera,the whole crew on Fast Money and my personal unfavorite after Dennis, Jim Kramer.

September 17 2010 at 10:50 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

It's about time. Kneale was obnoxious, rude to guests, highly opinionated and self-absorbed. When he came on, I turned to Bloomberg. CNBC should reduce the number of "talking heads" who waste viewers' time with their rants and simplistic personal opinions and give more time to people like David Faber who research, analyze, report and consistently add value to the quality of the CNBC programming. Jim

September 17 2010 at 10:09 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply

I always found him entertainingly idiotic!

September 17 2010 at 9:47 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Now, if you could also get rid of Caruso-Cabreara , take away the cheer leading pom=pons from Larry and bring Bill Grifith back, the viewers would thank you

September 17 2010 at 9:19 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply