With John King's new 7 p.m. show on the
horizon, CNN is shaking up its afternoon lineup, launching a new show with Rick
Sanchez and cutting The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer from three
hours to two.
Starting Jan. 18, the same day King's
program launches, Sanchez will host Rick's List from 3-5 p.m. The show
appears to take a cue from ESPN's Sportsnation, with interactive
features and viewer feedback playing a major role.
"Every day Rick's List will be
full of newsmakers and thinkers we- and u- (sic) think are relevant to CNN. My
access = your access," Sanchez said on
Meanwhile, The Situation Room with
Wolf Blitzer will now start at 5 p.m., running until 7, when King's new
program will debut.
"Our excellent team can focus on 2
solid hrs. Less becomes more," said Blitzer on Twitter.
The move by CNN comes just a week after
MSNBC announced it would shake up its dayside programming in Jan., announcing a
new show with Chuck Todd and Savannah Guthrie at 9 a.m., and moving
Dylan Ratigan's program to 4 p.m.