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Roberts, Chetry Replace O’Briens in CNN ‘Morning’ Slots

Apr 3, 2007  •  Post A Comment

John Roberts and Kiran Chetry will replace Soledad O’Brien and Miles O’Brien on CNN’s “American Morning,” which has been jockeying for second place in the cable morning show wars with “Imus in the Morning” on MSNBC. Tops in the cable pack is “Fox and Friends,” Chetry’s last post.

Since August, “American Morning” has dropped from a high of 510,000 viewers to an average of 375,000 in March, when “Imus” averaged 353,000, according to data from Nielsen Media Research.

Sources said Tuesday that Ms. O’Brien, who was co-anchoring weekend editions of NBC’s “Today” when CNN signed her in 2003, just signed a new deal that calls for a new assignment.

It was not immediately known what’s next for Mr. O’Brien, a 15-year CNN veteran who had moved from Atlanta to New York when he was assigned to “American Morning” in June 2005.

CNN declined to comment. An official announcement could come as early as Wednesday morning.

Mr. Roberts joined CNN a year ago after being thwarted in his desire to succeed Dan Rather as anchor of the “CBS Evening News.” At CNN, he’s earned good reviews internally and externally as senior national correspondent and anchor of “This Week at War.”

Ms. Chetry left Fox News Channel, where she co-hosted “Fox and Friends,” in February amid a flurry of Internet items about how her contract negotiations fell apart. As a result of the negotiations going sour, Fox cut her loose before her contract was up. She’s married to weathercaster Chris Knowles, who also recently left Fox News.

(Editor: Horowitz)