Brown Departing CNN; Cooper to Become Evening Block Anchor

Nov 2, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Anderson Cooper, one of the breakout stars of Hurricane Katrina coverage, will become the sole anchor of CNN’s 10 p.m.-midnight (ET) weekday block, to be re-titled “Anderson Cooper 360,” effective Monday, and Aaron Brown will leave the news network he joined in 2001. Both newsmen are on vacation this week.

Mr. Cooper, like Mr. Brown an alumnus of ABC News, joined CNN as a weekend anchor in December 2001 and became anchor of “Anderson Cooper 360” from 7-8 p.m. weekdays in March 2003.

Taking the place of “360” at 7 p.m. will be an hour of “The Situation Room” with Wolf Blitzer, who now will anchor “Situation” from 4-6 p.m. and from 7-8 p.m.

David Doss will remain Mr. Cooper’s executive producer. Mr. Doss was the executive producer of “360” who recently was moved to “NewsNight” when CNN paired Mr. Brown and Mr. Cooper from 10 p.m. to midnight in a move designed to complement Mr. Brown’s more sober tone with some of Mr. Cooper’s pizzazz.

CNN sources said Mr. Brown is expected to take time with his family before deciding on his next career move.