January 30, 2013

Soledad O’Brien: Morning Show Nixed In CNN Revamp?

Soledad O'Brien

Just days after former NBC honcho Jeff Zucker has taken over as president of CNN, major plans to overhaul the news network are already being made.

One of the first announcements to come out this week is new that Soledad O’Brien’s “Starting Point” program is going away according to The Hollywood Reporter. “Starting Point” premiered on CNN a little more than a year ago as apart of the network’s programming revamp in 2012.

The 7-to-9 a.m. broadcast has reportedly garnered the worst ratings for that time slot in more than in a decade.

CNN executives have apparently been meeting with O’Brien about other opportunities within the network.

Soledad O’Brien

The 46-year-old anchor previously hosted CNN’s “American Morning” show from July 2003 until April 2007, but was replaced on the show amid lagging ratings.

O’Brien went on to host and produce the award-winning “In America” documentaries for CNN, which have mostly dealt with issues particular to Black and Latino cultures.

Early speculation is that Zucker plans to completely launch a new morning show for CNN hosted by Chris Cuomo, who just left ABC to join CNN, and Erin Burnett, who currently hosts an evening show for the network.


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