CNN Revamping Morning Lineup
Soledad O'Brien to host early hours with Ashleigh Banfield, Zoraida Sambolin
By Andrea Morabito -- Broadcasting & Cable, 10/30/2011 7:30:50 PM
The new setup would have Banfield and Sambolin anchor the 5-7 a.m. hours, with O'Brien and an ensemble hosting the 7-9 a.m. time period, according to sources. No word on whether the new four-hour block will be branded American Morning, like CNN's existing morning show, or be re-titled.
O'Brien previously co-anchored American Morning from 2003-06. She has since produced documentaries for the network, like her "In America" series, which she will continue to do in some part in addition to her morning role, according to sources.
Banfield is currently with ABC News appearing on Good Morning America and 20/20 after stints at truTV and MSNBC. Sambolin was most recently an early morning anchor at the NBC affiliate in Chicago.
Chief Business Correspondent Ali Velshi, who has been an interim anchor of American Morning along with Christine Romans and Carol Costello, will move to anchor a daily business show on CNN International, according to sources. It is not clear if Romans and Costello will have a role on the retooled morning program.
The changes to CNN's morning lineup follow a shakeup of the network's primetime in July, when it announced time period changes for shows hosted by Wolf Blitzer, John King and Anderson Cooper and set a new show with Erin Burnett at 7 p.m.
A CNN spokesperson declined to comment.
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