CNN is adjusting its programming lineup, albeit on an ad hoc basis ahead of November’s midterm elections.
The biggest change is happening during prime time, when CNN CEO Chris Licht is giving anchors Jake Tapper 9pm, shared by anchor Alisyn Camerota and legal analyst Laura Coates10 PM – AM time.
Since last year CNN fired Chris Cuomo, 9pm has been vacant, filled by various anchors. Tapper will Bring some stability to the time, at least during the midterms.
Meanwhile, Lemon has held his ground at 10 pm, but will be at
Moved to Morning later this year with Bobby Harlow and Kaitlan Collins. Lemon and Harlow will be hosting their final show on October 7th in their current time slot so they can prepare for their new morning show.
“The world has come to rely on Jack’s seriousness in reporting the news, especially in high-stakes election cycles,” Licht said, adding, “This move will demonstrate His tough reporting, intelligent analysis and corresponding interviews as our audience tackles myriad issues at stake in the mid-term.”
“By adding Alisyn and Laura’s insights, experience and strong voice, we’re going to advance and expand our reach to create something complementary and compelling in prime time,” he said of Camerota and Coates.
At the same time, these changes will also force CNN’s daytime schedule changes, with both Tapper and Camerota leading the news hours.
New Day anchors John Berman and Brianna Keilar, who will soon be Leave the morning hours to make room for the new morning show, they will be at Tapper’s The Lead at 4pm to 5pm and Wolf Blitzer will add an hour to The Situation Room at 5pm
Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett will remain current time for now. CNN said other interim hosts will be named in the coming weeks.
These changes, while temporary, are some of the most significant changes Licht has made since joining CNN in May. So far, the only weekday time to see a permanent reshuffle is in the morning, and the format is still to be determined. Over the weekend, Chris Wallace will host his interview show (a repertoire of CNN+), and CNN will also launch by Alison Roman later this fall .