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Soledad O’Brien out at CNN?

posted at 9:46 am on January 29, 2013 by

And ABC loses another big name to CNN, according to the NYT’s Media Decoder.  O’Brien led CNN to its worst morning ratings in a decade, so new head honcho Jeff Zucker wants Chris Cuomo to take over:

Chris Cuomo, a former news anchor on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” is on his way back to the morning shift, this time for CNN.

CNN is preparing to announce that it has hired Mr. Cuomo from ABC, according to people at both networks, who requested anonymity because the announcement has not been made publicly. Mr. Cuomo is expected to become a co-host of the channel’s morning show, which is called “Starting Point” but will soon be renamed. …

CNN could use the help. “Starting Point” had just 234,000 viewers on a typical morning in 2012, its lowest total viewer number in more than 10 years. Of those, just 96,000 were between the ages of 25 to 54, the crucial demographic for cable news advertisers.

“Starting Point” is currently anchored by Soledad O’Brien. The program is only 12 months old, so CNN risks irritating its audience by making a round of changes so soon. But the top executives at CNN and its parent company, Time Warner, have been dissatisfied with the “Starting Point” ratings ever since it premiered, and they most likely believe a shakeup is in order. A representative for Ms. O’Brien did not respond to a request for comment.

I’ll bet the man most amused by this development is my friend Joel Pollak at Breitbart, for obvious reasons.  That wasn’t the only self-beclowining moment of O’Brien’s tenure on CNN, but it was the most prominent.

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