CNN Shakes Up Morning Talk Show Landscape, Embraces Hard-News Approach

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 02/05/2024
According to the New York Times, CNN is leaving the morning talk show industry. Mark Thompson, the new CEO, has made his first major move: the network will go back to a more hard-news approach and quit attempting to compete with Fox and Friends and MSNBC's Morning Joe. Specifics of the modifications that go into effect later this month.

At least in this version, CNN This Morning is no more. The future plans for anchors Poppy Harlow and Phil Mattingly are yet unknown, but according to the Times, they are in discussions to stay on CNN in other capacities.

Right now, the program runs from 6 to 9 a.m. Instead, it will air from 5 to 7 a.m. with host Kasie Hunt, whose Early Start program will now air an hour later and become CNN This Morning, according to USA Today.

The hosts of CNN News Central, Sara Sidner, Kate Bolduan, and John Berman, will be present from 7 to 10 am. After Pamela Brown's return from maternity leave, Jim Acosta will present CNN Newsroom from 10 to 11 a.m. and The Bulletin with Pamela Brown from 11 a.m. to noon.

CNN This Morning "has been a difficult endeavor from its launch in December 2022," according to the Los Angeles Times. Don Lemon's termination stems from remarks he made against Nikki Haley during the show.


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