Who's In and Who's Out at Jeff Zucker's CNN

Our Ever-Growing Running Tally of the Changes

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The changes are piling up at CNN, where President Jeff Zucker is trying to make CNN a must-watch even when the news is slow. Ad Age is keeping a running tally of the shifts. Most recently, the company announced the premiere date for "Crossfire," and gave Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper new shows.

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Mark Whitaker
Stepped down as managing editor on Jan. 29, saying he was leaving to give Mr. Zucker room to provide "one clear vision."
James Carville & Mary Matalin
On the same day that Mr. Whitaker's exit was announced, the husband-and-wife political pundits said they, too, were leaving -- in their case because CNN wanted contributors on set. The couple lives in New Orleans.
Eric Erikson
The conservative commentator resigned on Jan. 29, saying he will join rival Fox News.
Roland Martin
"New boss wants his own peeps," Mr. Martin said in a post on Twitter on March 19. He was suspended last year after controversial tweets that were labeled homophobic by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. He was also at the forefront of bringing the Trayvon Martin case into the spotlight.
Ali Velshi
The business correspondent and "Your Money" anchor left in April for Al Jazeera America.
Soledad O'Brien
Her morning time slot turned over to others, Ms. O'Brien said in June that she will join HBO's "Real Sports."
Kate Bolduan
CNN in March named Ms. Bolduan, a co-anchor on "The Situation Room" with Wolf Blitzer since 2012 and a CNN employee since 2007, to co-host its planned new morning show with Chris Cuomo, eventually titled "New Day."
"(Get to) the Point"
CNN on April 1 began a one-week run of the panel show at 10 p.m., an hour previously occupied "Anderson Cooper 360" repeats. "The Point" features political pundit Margaret Hoover, ad exec Donny Deutsch, ESPN columnist Rick Reilly and ESPN NFL analyst Jason Taylor. The test, quickly skewered by Jon Stewart, did not continue beyond its initial run.
Newt Gingrich and S.E. Cupp on the right and Stephanie Cutter and Van Jones on the left will bring back the debate show on Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m.. CNN's previous regime axed "Crossfire," which began in 1982, in 2005 after criticism from Jon Stewart that it was "hurting America" with insincere arguments.
Jake Tapper
ABC's Senior White House Correspondent was hired on Dec. 20 as CNN's Washington correspondent. He now hosts "The Lead" weekdays at 4 p.m.
Rachel Nichols
Poached from ESPN on Jan. 25 to anchor a new weekend sports show later this year and to cover big sports events.
Chris Cuomo
Hired Jan. 29 from ABC News to host a morning show, later named "New Day," to take on broadcast and cable rivals.
Michaela Pereira
Hired from KTLA Morning News in Los Angeles in March to join the new Chris Cuomo-Kate Bolduan morning show.
George Stroumboulopoulos
The longtime host on Canada's CBC was tapped for a weekly, hourlong interview show, "Stroumboulopoulos," starting in the summer.
Morgan Spurlock
CNN added Mr. Spurlock's docu-series "Inside Man" Sundays at 10 p.m. on June 23, too late for the original plan to follow Anthony Bourdain.
Stephanie Cutter and Kevin Madden
CNN said May 29 that the Democratic and Republican strategists, respectively, will join the network as political commentators across shows.
Ridley Scott
CNN said it would add producer and director Ridley Scott's eight-episode series "Crimes of the Century" following Morgan Spurlock's "Inside Man."
Piers Morgan
His 9 p.m. show changed March 11 from "Piers Morgan Tonight" to "Piers Morgan Live" as it began airing live more often. The new name also echoed the more-popular program Mr. Morgan replaced: "Larry King Live."
Wolf Blitzer
"The Situation Room" will go from two hours to 90 minutes, making room for "Crossfire." But Mr. Blitzer will also host CNN's 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. time slot.
Anderson Cooper
CNN decided in February to stop repeating "Anderson Cooper 360" at 10 p.m. and announced in August that Mr. Cooper will host a new show, "AC360 Later," during that time.
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