New CNN Morning Show to Launch Jan. 2
Soledad O'Brien will anchor first days from Iowa Caucuses
By Andrea Morabito -- Broadcasting & Cable, 12/28/2011 3:40:02 PM
O'Brien, who will host the 7-9 a.m. hours of the new show, will anchor from Des Moines on Jan. 2 and 3, with Banfield and Sambolin anchoring 5-7 a.m. from the CNN Election Center. The new anchors will continue anchoring their respective timeslots from Jan. 4 on, with a CNN spokesperson saying that "the show will continue to be developed over time."
The still-untitled program replaces American Morning and its interim hosts Ali Velshi, Christine Romans and Carol Costello (who remain with CNN in other roles) and is another piece of the lineup changes Ken Jautz has pushed through since becoming head of the channel in 2010.
The decision to launch the morning show as part of CNN's expanded Iowa coverage is an interesting choice given that Jautz told B&C in November that the show would be less politically-focused than entries like MSNBC's Morning Joe and cover a broader range of news.
"It will definitely not be an inside-the-Beltway feel or limitation," he said at the time.
But the timing does capitalize on the likely audience gains CNN will attract for its coverage of the first-in-the-nation caucuses, giving it a bigger promotional platform for the new show, and takes advantage of O'Brien's political news experience.
The Jan. 2 launch date also means the CNN program will debut a week ahead of 2012's other revamped morning show, CBS This Morning, which premieres the following Monday, Jan. 9.
Stephanie Mathis - 12/31/2011 2:18:53 PM EST
Really Soledad O'Brien is the best CNN could come up with for a morning show anchor? IMHO she has yet to learn the difference between providing the news and interjecting her opinion. I guess my choice will be to listen to Real Jazz on XM.
Alex Sosa - 12/29/2011 3:50:05 PM EST
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