CNN has unveiled a new weekday lineup that includes brand-new programs for the cable news channel.
Phil Mattingly has officially been named the co-host of CNN This Morning. Mattingly has been the main fill-in anchor since Kaitlan Collins departed the morning show for her primetime program. Original co-anchor Poppy Harlow will remain alongside Mattingly.
Additionally, Pamela Brown will host a newly launched early afternoon show The Bulletin with Pamela Brown. The show will begin at 3:00 PM ET and replace an hour of CNN News Central as a lead-in to The Lead with Jake Tapper.
Abby Phillip has been named the new anchor of the 10:00 PM ET window, which is currently filled with CNN Primetime. Phillip joined CNN in 2017 after previously working at The Washington Post and ABC News.
It was also announced that Laura Coates will anchor a new Washington D.C.-based late-night show, beginning at 11:00 PM ET. Coates was originally tabbed to anchor a late news program while the network was under the direction of Chris Licht, who ultimately scrapped those plans. After the reversal, Coates was named the network’s chief legal analyst.
“One of CNN’s key differentiators is our deep roster of experienced journalists, reporters and storytellers,” said CNN’s four-person leadership team, made up of Amy Entelis, David Leavy, Virginia Moseley and Eric Sherling, in a statement. “Many joined CNN early in their careers and have grown with the network throughout the years.”
CNN also announced new plans for its weekend programming. On Saturday mornings, Victor Blackwell will anchor a new show beginning at 8:00 AM ET. Michael Smerconish will remain in the 9:00 AM ET timeslot, while Chris Wallace and Christiane Amanpour will join at 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM ET respectively.
Also, Manu Raju will now helm the weekend edition of Inside Politics for the network.
“By expanding the range and depth of our programming lineup across multiple dayparts, we are strengthening our reporting excellence throughout the schedule, elevating our ability to tell great stories across platforms, and doubling down on CNN’s position as the most trusted name in news,” the network’s leadership team concluded.
Nicolle Wallace Returns to MSNBC’s Deadline: White House
“It is so very, very, very good to be back with you. I have missed everyone.”
After spending time away from her MSNBC program for maternity leave, Deadline: White House anchor Nicolle Wallace returned to the anchor desk Monday.
“Well hello there everybody. It’s 4 o’clock in New York. I’ve missed saying that. It is so very, very, very good to be back with you. I have missed everyone,” Wallace said to begin Monday’s show.
Wallace and her husband welcomed a daughter via surrogate in November. In her place, Alicia Menendez anchored the program.
The former George W. Bush administration official began hosting the show in 2017. The program was expanded to two hours in 2020, and is one of the network’s highest-rated offerings.
On Friday, Wallace revealed she would make her return Monday, adding that she will start a new feature during her show entitled “American Autocracy”, which “is something the whole country should be grappling with, because that is certainly the head of the Republican party is running on this time,” she told Menendez.
Deadline: White House airs weekdays at 4:00 PM ET on MSNBC.
Brian Kilmeade: Bob Costas ‘Shallow’ For Comments About Trump and His Supporters
“I think it’s so, so shallow of him to think that you can have your feelings and put down 74 million people along the way.”
Bob Costas had quite the takedown of the election prospects of former President Donald Trump during a cable news interview. Fox News host Brian Kilmeade didn’t take kindly to the remarks.
“He is by far the most disgraceful figure in modern presidential history. He’s only become more disgraceful since 2016 and since 2020. He is a bubbling cauldron of loathsome traits,” Costas told Michael Smerconish on CNN this weekend. “You have to be in the throes of some sort of toxic delusion and a toxic cult to believe that Donald Trump has ever been in any sense emotionally, psychologically, intellectually or ethically fit to be president.”
“I know Bob Costas. I know how bright he is. He’s the best. When by the time he was 34, is the best sportscaster in the country doing all the biggest events ever. I know that’s exactly how he feels,” Kilmeade said when asked for his opinion by Harris Faulkner.
“But I think it’s so, so shallow of him to think that you can have your feelings and put down 74 million people along the way. If people who are supporting, especially him, coming from a place where people support their teams and their players and their boxers and their athletes and people are loyal, there are people loyal to him for reasons they should be respected for and analyzed.”
Faulkner argued that Democrats expect their voting base to be respected, but won’t return that same respect to the other side of the political aisle.
Chris Cuomo: My Beef With CNN is With Executives, Not Talent
“No one tells me what to say. No one controls me. Never will.”
NewsNation host Chris Cuomo has never been shy about his high-profile exit from CNN. After departing the network, he sued for wrongful termination in a case that’s still ongoing. But he wants to clarify his problems with the network aren’t with the folks on the air.
In a post to X, Cuomo responded to a user suggesting that if he kept “talking all this common sense” about the practice of hiring minorities in a push for diversity, equity, and inclusion, “CNN will never let you come back”. In his response, Cuomo said his issue has never been with the on-air talent, but rather the network’s executives.
“Look, you won’t hear me bash CNN. Many great people who do the job for right reasons. My beef is with my boss and his boss and why they say publicly they fired me. and sure people I thought were friends went bad on me…but that is not unusual, especially with talent in the media maelstrom,” Cuomo wrote. “I do what I have always done. Far from perfect but never a patsy. No one tells me what to say. No one controls me. Never will.”
Cuomo departed CNN amid revelations he helped his brother — former Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) — navigate accusations of sexual misconduct while he was governor. In response to his ouster, Chris Cuomo sued CNN for $125 million, claiming his “journalistic integrity” was damaged by the network’s decision to fire him.