Over the last few weeks there had been rumors that CNN would be shaking up its on-air personalities and that it probably would involve Starting Point morning host Soledad O’Brien being replaced. The industry buzz has proved to be true as the cable network just announced that Chris Cuomo will be heading to CNN to host a new morning show.
According to an AP report (via Black America Web), Cuomo, the co-host of 20/20, will leave ABC News and is expected to be paired with current evening anchor Erin Burnett. It is all in an effort by new CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker to try to boost sagging ratings.
There are many changes actually. Network managing editor Mark Whitaker quit earlier this week, longtime political consultants and commentators James Carville and Mary Matalin (who are married to each other), are also leaving.
No word yet on just what new job O’Brien will now be handling. “CNN said Tuesday it was discussing other job options with Soledad O’Brien, who will be ending her second stint as morning show co-host,” reports AP.
O’Brien started hosting Starting Point on January 2, 2012. Prior to this, she co-anchored American Morning, from July 2003] to April 2007, with Miles O’Brien (no relation). She also worked with the In America documentary unit on CNN. And in 2007 made headlines with Black In America, her multi-part series of documentaries.
O´Brien is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, which named her the Journalist of the Year 2010 and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She was inducted as an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated in February 2012.
Over on MSNBC, things are looking much better, with that network reporting a 60 percent increase in African-American viewers.