More change (upheaval?) at CNN. Brian Stelter of the NY Times reports 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.
“American Morning” trails the three broadcast networks, “Fox and Friends” and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” as well as sister network HLN’s “Morning Express” with Robin Meade” in the ratings. The show never recovered from the loss of John Roberts at the beginning of the year. Roberts is now a high profile anchor on Fox News.
CNN has not yet officially announced that Ashleigh Banfield, the former high profile NBC reporter and currently a host on TruTV, is joining the network.