Diminished Role for Soledad O'Brien as CNN to Move Her Out of Mornings

No Longer a Host, but Her Production Company Will Partner With Network

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CNN's Soledad O'Brien will be moving on from her morning show, but she won't be leaving the cable news network completely.

The network announced that it will partner with Ms. O'Brien's production company, Starfish Media Group, for long-form programming specials. Starfish, which will launch in June, will produce three of these specials for CNN in 2014, including the franchise "Black in America."

"We greatly value Soledad's experience, and her first-rate storytelling will continue to be an asset to CNN," Mr. Zucker said in a statement. "Documentaries and long-form story telling are important to our brand and we're anticipating more of what we've come to expect from her -- riveting content."

Ms. O'Brien will eventually move out of her morning show, "Starting Point," according to a person familiar with the matter.

CNN's new President Jeff Zucker called out the morning as one potential area of growth for CNN when he was hired late last year. To this end, he poached Chris Cuomo from ABC for a yet-to-be-named morning show, and several reports indicate Erin Burnett, who currently hosts the 7 p.m. time slot, could be his co-host.

This is the latest move by Mr. Zucker, who also tapped ESPN veteran Rachel Nichols for a weekend sports program, and ABC News Senior White House Correspondent, Jake Tapper, was named CNN's chief Washington correspondent. Mr. Tapper show, "The Lead," will air weekdays at 4 p.m., cutting Wolf Blitzer's "The Situation Room" back one hour.

Jeff Zucker only officially took the reins as president of CNN on Jan. 21, but he has already made some high-profile moves. Ad Age follows Mr. Zucker as he cleans house and revamps the cable news network.

Jeff Zucker's CNN

Mark Whitaker
Steps down on Jan. 29 as managing editor of the network, saying he is leaving to give Mr. Zucker room to provide "one clear vision."
James Carville & Mary Matalin
Husband-and-wife political pundits say on Jan. 29 they are leaving the network because CNN wants contributors to be on set. The couple currently lives in New Orleans and have a small TV studio in their home for live appearances.
Eric Erikson
The conservative commentator resigned on Jan. 29, saying he will join rival Fox News.
Jake Tapper
The former ABC News Senior Whitehouse Correspondent is hired on Dec. 20 as CNN's Washington correspondent. He is hosting the show "The Lead," weekdays at 4 p.m.

Rachel Nichols
Poached from ESPN on Jan. 25 to anchor a new weekend sports show that will air later this year, as well as cover major sporting events for CNN and Turner Sports.

Chris Cuomo
Hired on Jan. 29 from ABC News to host a morning show to take on "Today" and "Good Morning America."


Soledad O'Brien
CNN announced on Feb. 21 it's partnering with Ms. O'Brien's production company for long-form programming specials. Starfish Media Group, which will launch in June, will produce three specials for CNN in 2014. Ms. O'Brien will also eventually step down from her morning show, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Wolf Blitzer
Mr. Tapper's new show will cut Wolf Blitzer's "The Situation Room" back one hour.
Anderson Cooper
"Anderson Cooper 360," will no longer air repeats at 10 p.m. It will continue to broadcast at 8 p.m.
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