ABC's Chris Cuomo is headed to CNN to host a new morning show, the network announced Tuesday.
New CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker said in a statement that Cuomo, currently the anchor of "20/20," will "have a major role in a new CNN morning show and across the network, anchoring and reporting on major events."
The announcement followed a plethora of reports in multiple outlets. The news spread from TMZ to Deadline to the New York Post.
Cuomo has a history on morning television; he was the news anchor on "Good Morning America" for three years. But when George Stephanopoulos replaced Diane Sawyer as co-host there in 2009, Cuomo moved to "20/20."
The Post and TMZ both reported that Zucker intends to pair Cuomo with current 7 PM host Erin Burnett, who also has a background in morning television.
Zucker's own past as the executive producer of "Today" was cited by CNN executives as a major factor in his hiring.
The big question -- besides whether or not CNN can finally begin really challenging MSNBC and Fox News in the morning ratings again -- is what happens to Soledad O'Brien, the network's current morning host. Her hard-hitting interviews on "Starting Point" have won her praise, but not large audiences. Even so, she remains one of CNN's more well-known personalities.
Source: Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson