CNN announced today that it is pulling the plug on a show that has been a staple of the evening lineup, TVNewser.com reports, citing a story in The New York Times.
The cable news channel is canceling "John King USA," its 6 p.m. ET political show, the story reports. "King" will be replaced with an extra hour of "The Situation Room," anchored by Wolf Blitzer.
King will move to the position of lead national campaign correspondent for the rest of the 2012 election cycle.
In a memo to staff, Ken Jautz, CNN/U.S. chief, wrote: “John will be providing reports for ‘SitRoom,’ ‘AC360’ and other programs and CNN platforms. This is John’s seventh presidential campaign, fourth with CNN, and making him available across our programming lineup allows us to better tap his skills and experience, especially on the ground reporting in major battleground states and among critical voting blocs.”
In other CNN news, Joe Johns will be the Washington bureau’s crime and justice correspondent and Suzanne Kelly will be the bureau’s intelligence correspondent.