"Anderson Cooper’s 10 p.m. show is set to be slashed by CNN chief Jeff Zucker to make room for a big new hire, network sources have revealed," reports the U.K.’s Daily Mail website, Mail Online. [All times in this item are ET.]
The story, by Sara Nathan, continues, "The TV favourite, 45, hosts ‘Anderson Cooper 360°’ at 8 p.m. every weekday and the show is repeated at 10 p.m., with Brit Piers Morgan sandwiched in between. However, as part of a huge raft of changes at the network, Zucker plans to axe the 10 p.m. segment, paving the way for a new star to anchor another show."
The story adds, "Zucker is already moving Erin Burnett to helm a morning show alongside new hire Chris Cuomo, fresh from ABC — which means the evenings are opened up. Erin, 36, has been hosting CNN’s 7 p.m. ‘OutFront’ show, which has been struggling in the ratings … although she is said to be far from keen to go to breakfast."
The article also notes, "A source said: ‘Losing an hour of Anderson a night means that Jeff has more to play with, hire heavyweight talent and play chess with the rest of his primetime shows.’"