Soledad O’Brien Headed Back to the Morning Shift on CNN and Other Shake-ups

CNN, which remodeled its afternoon and evening schedule earlier this
year, is now on the verge of remaking its morning schedule.

The channel, a unit of Time Warner, is expected to announce as early as
this week that Soledad O’Brien, one of its former morning anchors, will
start anchoring from 7 to 9 a.m. weekdays. Ashleigh Banfield, until
recently a correspondent for ABC News, will start co-anchoring from 5 to
7 a.m.

The plan, described by three people with direct knowledge of it, will
effectively dismantle “American Morning,” which has had about 10
co-anchors in its 10 years on CNN. The people spoke on the condition of
anonymity because the changes had not been announced. A CNN spokeswoman
declined to comment on Sunday.

Ms. Banfield, at 5 a.m., will have a co-anchor, the people with direct
knowledge of the plans said. One possibility is Zoraida Sambolin, who
was an early morning anchor in Chicago until this month. Time Out
Chicago reported last week that CNN had hired her for a morning anchor slot. Ms. O’Brien, at 7 a.m., may be joined by an ensemble of contributors.

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Source: Brian Stelter, The New York Times

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