CNN will go to a three-anchor format in daytime revamp

CNN is getting its daytime anchors away from their desks.

The Warner Bros. Discovery-owned community is planning a brand new look and format for its morning and afternoon information packages in an effort to be “more authentic,” in response to an announcement made Wednesday by CNN Chairman Chris Licht.

The day will likely be divided into two three-hour blocks, the primary following its revamped morning program “CNN This Morning” at 9 a.m. Japanese. John Berman, Kate Bolduan and Sara Sidner will co-anchor out of the community’s New York studios, the place they’ll apparently be free to wander.

Political analyst John King’s program “Inside Politics” stays at midday Japanese. The community will keep in Washington for the second block beginning at 1 p.m. Japanese, with Brianna Keilar, Boris Sanchez and Jim Sciutto as anchors.

Present weekday afternoon anchor Victor Blackwell will transfer to Atlanta, the place he’ll co-anchor the weekend version of “CNN This Morning” with Amara Walker.

CNN didn’t give a launch date for the modifications, that are anticipated to be put in place within the coming months. Whereas extra viewers can be found to observe within the night, Licht believes the daytime packages can enhance the community’s picture as a go-to vacation spot for breaking information.

CNN used a number of anchors for its latest protection for the Home of Representatives’ votes for speaker, which Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) finally gained. The community, which usually trails Fox Information within the rankings, did see good points amongst viewers within the 25 to 54 age group that advertisers search once they purchase time on information programming.

“CNN’s Dayside audience is highly influential, with executives and leaders watching from their offices around the country as the day’s news unfolds,” Licht mentioned in an announcement. “We are leaning into our greatest strengths, showcasing our unparalleled newsgathering operation and giving our anchors the room to be more authentic. We’ve seen how our audience responds to this format, and we believe it will put us in a position of strength going into the evening and prime time hours.”

CNN additionally introduced that Alisyn Camerota will take over the ten p.m. Japanese slot in prime time, with Laura Coates following her at 11 p.m. The 2 had been showing collectively in a two-hour block.

CNN nonetheless has no set plans for the 9 p.m. Japanese hour vacated by Chris Cuomo when he was fired by the community in December 2021. Cuomo now hosts a nightly present on Nexstar Media Group’s NewsNation channel.

Licht arrived at CNN in April, changing the ousted Jeff Zucker. Programming modifications have moved at a gradual tempo, as a part of Licht’s job thus far has been to scale back prices underneath a mandate from debt-ridden Warner Bros. Discovery.

The community launched its new morning program with Don Lemon, Poppy Harlow and Kaitlin Collins in November.