CNN is making dramatic changes to its schedule, announcing Monday that it is giving new weeknight shows to Abby Phillips and Laura Coates and launching new weekend shows with Kristian Amanpour and Chris Wallace.
Virtually no time of day remains unchanged in reform, as the network grapples with ratings challenges, compounded by a growing pulse of people cutting cords on cable television. The change was a quick move by CNN’s new leadership team of Amy Antellis, David Levy, Virginia Moseley and Eric Scherling. He replaces former CNN chief executive Chris Licht, who was fired this spring.
According to the plan, Phillips, a political reporter, and Coates, a CNN legal analyst, will host back-to-back shows on weekdays beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET. Along with Kaitlan Collins at 9 p.m. and Erin Burnett at 7 p.m., it gives CNN a women-led evening schedule, with the exception of The Anderson Cooper Hour at 8 p.m.
Wallace and Amanpour will host the Saturday morning hours live. It will be another refreshing time for Wallace, who has had trouble finding an audience for his weekend talk show since leaving Fox News.
Going into the 2024 campaign, political reporter Cassie Hunt will host “Early Start” at 5 a.m. on weekdays. Phil Mattingly will be the new co-host of the three-hour show “CNN This Morning” with Poppy Harlow.
“King Charles”, a limited series featuring Gayle King and Charles Barkley, will air Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. Eastern, CNN announced.
Pamela Brown, Victor Blackwell, Manu Raju and Alicin Camerota will also have new roles on the network.