CNN unveils major overhaul of presenter cast as ratings plummet

CNN – which continues to underperform in ratings – has announced sweeping changes to its morning and evening programming that will see new faces in key slots and launch new weekend shows for veteran presenters Chris Wallace and Christiane Amanpour.

Under new leadership, CNN has appointed Abby Phillip, a senior correspondent and host of Inside Politics Sunday, to the station’s weekday 10pm slot.

Laura Coates, anchor and chief legal analyst at CNN, will take over the station’s 11 p.m.

After the departure of CNN CEO Chris Licht, whose bumpy tenure failed to bring stability after Jeff Zucker was fired in 2022 for failing to disclose his relationship with a colleague, the network’s line-up saw flux.

Phillip and Coates are joined by Kaitlan Collins, who continues to serve as presenter at 9pm.

Collins had been moved to 9 p.m. under former CEO Chris Licht from “CBS This Morning,” the show he relaunched.

Collins co-hosted the morning show with Poppy Harlow and Don Lemon.

Christiane Amanpour will be getting a new weekend show as part of CNN's programming restructuring, the broadcaster said.
Christiane Amanpour will be getting a new weekend show as part of CNN’s programming restructuring, the broadcaster said.

A series of missteps by Lemon, which included the host denouncing Collins off-camera, ended with him being fired from the network.

In the morning, Chief White House Correspondent Phil Mattingly will join Harlow as co-host of “CNN This Morning,” while Kasie Hunt will host “Early Start.”

Chief correspondent Pamela Brown will host a new daytime show in the country’s capital.

On the weekends, Victor Blackwell, Christiane Amanpour, Manu Raju and Chris Wallace will all be hosting new shows, with Blackwell being based in Atlanta and Raju taking over Sunday’s show Inside Politics while continuing to cover Capitol Hill.

CNN announced that it would continue with this "king charles," a show starring Gayle King and Charles Barkley and developed by ousted boss Chris Licht.
CNN announced it would proceed with “King Charles,” a show starring Gayle King and Charles Barkley that was being developed by ousted boss Chris Licht.
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Wallace will host a panel show in addition to his weekly interview program, while Amanpour will contribute her global coverage to CNN’s weekend program.

As part of the reorganization, Alisyn Camerota will take on a new long-term reporting role, primarily for the Sunday series The Whole Story with Anderson Cooper.

CNN said it will continue the Gayle King-Charles Barkley show “King Charles,” which is an idea of ​​light.

Veteran presenter Chris Wallace will add a weekday show to his program.
Veteran presenter Chris Wallace will add a weekday show to his program.

This highly anticipated show will premiere as a limited series in the 9 p.m. slot later in the fall.

“By expanding the breadth and depth of our programming offerings across multiple segments of the day, we are strengthening our reporting quality across programming, improving our ability to tell great stories across platforms, and cementing CNN’s position as the most trusted name in the news industry,” said CNN’s global leadership team, consisting of Amy Entelis, David Leavy, Virginia Moseley and Eric Sherling, in a joint statement.

Caroline Bleakley

Caroline Bleakley is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Caroline Bleakley joined USTimeToday in 2022 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with Caroline Bleakley by emailing

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