LOS ANGELES – The team for CNN’s new morning show is in place. Now it just needs a name and a time and a launch date.
As expected, former ABC News correspondent Chris Cuomo is to host. The surprise is who is joining him. His co-host is to be Kate Bolduan, a CNN congressional correspondent and a co-anchor of “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” There had been speculation about Erin Burnett moving from evenings to mornings, but that switch proved to be hard sell with her.
Joining the new show as its news anchor is Michaela Pereira, who is known to Los Angeles viewers from her hosting duties on KTLA’s morning show.
CNN said the as-yet untitled show would launch later in the spring. The network is still working on a name for the program and the exact time it will air. It will likely be either 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. or 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., Eastern time
Overhauling the morning is a big priority for new CNN President Jeff Zucker, who first rose to prominence as an executive producer of NBC’s “Today.” Fox News Channel’s “Fox and Friends” and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” both beat CNN in the mornings.
“We believe there is an opening to do news in the morning with a fresh, new voice,” Zucker said of his team.
Behind the scenes, two veterans of ABC’s “Good Morning America”will run the show. Jim Murphy, a veteran broadcast news executive, has been tapped as CNN’s senior executive producer with oversight over all its entire morning lineup. Matt Frucci, who joined CNN last year as a program development executive and previously produced the weekend edition of “Good Morning America, will be the show’s executive producer.