CNN reimagines its morning.
The network on Thursday revealed a new morning show set to begin later this year, sponsored by stars Don Lemon, Bobby Harlow and Kaitlan Collins.
The show will replace “A New Day,” which airs from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET. CNN said it will have a new name, look and group.
“New Day” hosts John Berman and Brianna Keilar will continue their show until the start of the new show. CNN said they will then be assigned new key roles in the network.
CNN CEO Chris Licht announced the major change in programming, who took over as the network’s president in May.
In recent weeks, Licht has begun to put his stamp on network programming, with the announcement of the new morning, which shows his most important move to date.
Morning Shows has been the home of the yacht throughout his career. Prior to joining CNN, Licht created the popular MSNBC show “Morning Joe” and revitalized “CBS This Morning.”
“There is no stronger combination of talent than Don, Bobby and Caitlan to deliver on our promise of a game-changing morning news show,” Licht said in a press release.
“They are each uniquely intelligent, reliable, and persuasive; together, they have a rare and tangible chemistry.” “Combined with CNN’s resources and global newsgathering capabilities, we’ll offer a smart, bold and refreshing way to start the day.”
In a note to staff, Licht acknowledged that the morning show reform would “raise a number of questions” that can’t all be addressed in one note. But Licht sought to answer key questions, telling the staff that the “New Day” cast would “continue producing the morning show” and reiterating that Keilar and Berman would get new lead roles.
“The next chapter of CNN is just beginning to take shape,” Licht said. “I am sure there are many questions that are not answered in this note. We will communicate as much as we can as we refine the details and ensure that this transition is a thorough and inclusive process.”
Lemon, whose show Don Lemon Tonight will end as a result of the move, described the past eight years in prime time as an “incredible journey.” But, he said, it’s time to turn things around.
“I am so grateful to the Don Lemon Tonight team, the wonderful, loyal viewers, and everyone who believed in me,” Lemon said in a press release. “I was genuinely moved when Chris Licht asked me to do this, and I am honored by his belief in me. It will be exciting to take on this challenge with Bobby and Caitlan.”
A CNN spokesperson said the network will announce new programming that will replace the current Lemon offering later this year.
Harlow, who is currently presenting programs from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and recently completed her Master of Laws degree program at Yale University, described Lemon as one of her “closest friends for over a decade” and said she was grateful for the opportunity.
“What a gift it is to be able to sit next to Don and Caitlan every morning,” Harlow said.
Collins, who has served as the White House’s chief correspondent since the start of the Biden administration, said she was “delighted to embark on this new adventure” and take on the new role as assistant anchor and principal reporter for the revamped morning show.
It was not immediately clear who, if anyone, would take over her position as the White House’s chief correspondent when she leaves the post. A CNN spokesperson said the network will announce changes to the White House soon.
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