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Campbell Brown to Debut on CNN in Series of Political Specials

Former NBC News Anchor’s Primetime Show Aiming for February 9/21/2007 10:20:00 AM Eastern

Campbell Brown

Campbell Brown will make her debut on CNN not on her own primetime show, which is set to bow in February, but in a series of political specials to air in November.

When Brown left NBC News in July after 11 years with the network, one of the conditions of her exit was that she would not appear on CNN until November. But with Brown due to give birth to her first child in late December, the timing was less than convenient.

(Brown’s husband, Dan Senor, is a political strategist and Fox News Channel contributor.)

A self-described political junkie, Brown hopes to be back on the air by Super Tuesday, Feb. 5. Her show will likely launch some weeks later. Until then, Out in the Open with host Rick Sanchez will continue to fill the 8 p.m. hour vacated this summer by Paula Zahn Now.

Brown officially started work at CNN Sept. 1. She has been meeting with prospective executive producers for her new program, according to sources.

She inherits a highly competitive time slot sandwiched between MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann and ratings leader The O’Reilly Factor on Fox News.

Brown’s show will attempt to offer a counterprogramming alternative to the opinionated, outspoken hosts.

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