More CNN Departures: On-Air Fixtures Leave Network NY Times, Politico

Changes are coming at a rapid pace for CNN as Jeff Zucker takes over. Two of the cable news channel’s best-known political contributors, James Carville and Mary Matalin, are leaving the network as CNN looks for younger contributors, The New York Times' Media Decoder reports.

The moves come on the heels of the resignation Tuesday of CNN Executive VP and managing editor Mark Whitaker, as reported yesterday. Whitaker indicated he was leaving to give Zucker the freedom to put his stamp on the network.

Also this week, CNN hired Chris Cuomo from ABC News, with Cuomo headed for CNN’s revamped morning lineup.

As possible replacements for the politically mismatched couple Carville, a Democrat, and Matalin, a Republican, CNN has been focusing on another husband-and-wife team, John Avlon, an independent, and Margaret Hoover, a conservative, according to The Times piece.

Carville told Politico that CNN made the decision. "I was told that they wanted the contributors to be more available -- essentially, closer to Washington. I'm not always available -- I don't live there," Carville said.

Carville and Matalin live in New Orleans, and have a small TV studio in their home, where they make live appearances.


James Carville and Mary Matalin