After renovating its evening and afternoon lineups earlier in the year, CNN is setting its sights on the morning schedule, The New York Times reports.
Soldedad O’Brien is returning to the cable news channel’s morning schedule, where she will anchor from 7-9 a.m. weekdays, the story reports.
The move will in effect dismantle "American Morning," the story says, pointing out that the show has had about 10 co-anchors in its 10 years on the network. Ashleigh Banfield, who recently worked for ABC News, will co-anchor from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m., the piece notes. O’Brien may have an ensemble of contributors joining her during her time slot.
It’s unclear whether the interim anchors of "American Morning" — Ali Velshi, Christine Romans and Carol Costello — will have roles on the new morning programs, the piece points out. The changes to CNN’s morning lineup started last December, when co-anchor John Roberts left for Fox News, the story says.
O’Brien co-anchored "American Morning" from 2003 to 2006, before being dismissed from the series and assigned to producing and hosting documentaries. Her programs, such as "Black in America," have been well received by both critics and viewers, and the CNN unit that produces them will stay intact, the story notes.
A CNN spokeswoman declined to comment.