Changes are in the works for the CNN programming lineup, and while the final configuration remains uncertain, TVNewser.com reports that the cable news channel may give Wolf Blitzer the 1 p.m. time slot permanently. Blitzer, who currently holds down the 5-7 p.m. slot, has also been filling in regularly at 1 p.m.
The reason for the possible move is "Crossfire," which will return to the network this fall, although the time period isn’t yet set.
"Right now the opinion among a handful of CNN staffers is that ‘Crossfire’ will air during the 6-7 p.m. hour, and if indeed that is where it ends up, Blitzer is expected to get 1-2 p.m. in addition to 5-6 p.m., where ‘The Situation Room’ currently airs," the story notes. "The Situation Room" is hosted by Blitzer.
TVNewser adds: "We also hear that when CNN President Jeff Zucker spoke to DC staffers last week during a bureau meeting, he said that they had not made a final decision with regard to when ‘Crossfire’ would air, so there is still a chance Blitzer will keep his two-hour afternoon block."
The report notes: "One thing is clear: Wherever ‘Crossfire’ ends up on CNN’s schedule, the shows around it will be shaken up in some form."