CNN snags Soledad


Come July, Soledad O'Brien will join CNN's morning show alongside co-host
Bill Hemmer.

CNN had been courting O'Brien, who anchors NBC's Weekend Today, for
several weeks.

O'Brien, who started her network career in cable news with MSNBC, will
continue to appear on NBC through the end of the month.

CNN has been looking for a new American Morning host since Paula Zahn
moved to prime time in the early days of the war.

O'Brien starts July 7.

CNN is said to be paying O'Brien about $1 million per year.