February 21, 2013 – Lincoln Univ., PA
By: Kita Williams
The future plans of CNN’s award winning journalist, Soledad O’Brien, is perking more and more speculation by the minute.
The New York Post reported Tuesday that, “Soledad O’Brien is on her way out at CNN as new boss Jeff Zucker moves Erin Burnett into her morning slot…”
Zucker who was named the new president of CNN Worldwide in November, 2012, was formerly NBC’s chief executive and is credited for leading NBC’s Today Show back to rating dominance.
Zucker’s first tactical moves at CNN seem to focus on morning programming.
This January 29 memo from Zucker to CNN staff was published by TVNewser:
I want to share some exciting news with you.
This morning we are announcing that Chris Cuomo is joining CNN.
Chris will be an anchor on a new morning show we are going to develop for CNN. He will also be an important part of our event news coverage across the network. Chris has deep experience in both roles, most recently at ABC News, and he’s one of the smartest, most engaging journalists in television news. I’m pleased that he’s joining us and really looking forward to working with him at CNN. The press release with the news follows. Thanks.
On January 29, 2013 the Washington Times reported Chris Cuomo was leaving ABC to host a new morning show (Obrien’s slot) at CNN with Erin Burnett, a prime-time anchor for the network.
A CNN spokeswoman said in an e-mail January 29, “Soledad is very important to the network, and we’re discussing various options with her.”
Perhaps morning viewers captured “Zucker Style” for NBC’s Today Show will now be wooed to CNN’s new morning format.
January 29 marked an exodus of sorts from CNN. Mark Whitaker, the network’s managing editor announced that he was quitting, and on-air contributors James Carville, Mary Matalin, and Erick Erickson all announced their departures as well.
New York Post sources have reported “inside information” besides the exclusion of their own names, that O’Brien has indicated that she’ll be leaving CNN.
Without any official statements on behalf of O’Brien or CNN, its safe to say there’s more to come.