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CNN’s Christi Paul Recounts Abusive Relationship

BrookeChristiDuring a segment on CNN this afternoon about the Ray and Janay Rice domestic violence case, “New Day” weekend anchor Christi Paul discussed her own past.

“I never went through anything like that,” Paul told Brooke Baldwin. “I was never hit like that. Mine was more verbal, emotional, a little bit of physical, but nothing … I was never knocked out, nothing like that.”

Paul wrote about her experience in the 2012 book Love Isn’t Supposed to Hurt. Paul never identified her abuser, but it’s believed to be her first husband, former local TV news reporter Rob Koebel. Koebel resigned from his job at WTMJ TV in Milwaukee following a disorderly conduct arrest. Koebel told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel “what really set me off in a three-day drinking binge leading up to the arrest” were two interviews that Paul gave promoting her book. At the time, the couple had been divorced 11 years.

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Christine Romans Named Co-Anchor of CNN’s ‘Early Start’

christine romansCNN has announced Christine Romans will join John Berman as the co-anchor of “Early Start.” Romans, who will continue in her role as the network’s chief business reporter, replaces Zoraida Sambolin, who left CNN last month.

“Given the audience’s interest in business news as the day begins, and markets across the globe have been open for hours, Christine will add a great dimension to the program that starts CNN’s programming day,” CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker said in a statement, also noting Romans’ “fantastic rapport” with Berman.

CNN has also named Victor Blackwell and Christi Paul anchors of “New Day Weekend.” Blackwell, who has been anchoring the program for several months, will continue to report from Atlanta during the week, and Paul will continue in her role as an HLN anchor.

“Victor and Christi have proven that they are consummate journalists and anchors,” Zucker said. “In expanding their roles, CNN is fortunate to have their depth of knowledge and breadth of experience to tell the compelling stories that people expect from CNN.”

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Sam Champion, AJ Hammer and Robin Meade to Host Daytime Emmys

“Good Morning America” weather anchor Sam Champion will host the Daytime Emmy Awards on HLN June 16, alongside HLN hosts AJ Hammer and Robin Meade. The awards will air live from the Beverly Hilton from 8-10 PM ET June 16.

Hammer, who hosts HLN’s”Showbiz Tonight,” will also serve as the host of the red carpet pre-show on HLN, alongside Christi Paul. Meade, an accomplished singer, (as we have covered before) will sing the two “best song” nominees, “This Day” by Sheryl Crow for “Katie,” and “Good Afternoon” by Little Big Town for “Good Afternoon America.” Meade’s new album drops just a few days before the Emmys.

HLN also announced a number of presenters for the awards, including Rachael Ray and Kathy Griffin. More information, after the jump.
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The Short List of CNN Morning Anchors

Sources tell us Jeff Zucker is closing in on his choice for co-anchor on the revamped CNN morning show. One of the top names is Kate Bolduan (left), CNN’s congressional correspondent. In recent weeks, Bolduan has been anchoring alongside Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room.”

Bolduan joined CNN in 2007 as a correspondent for CNN Newsource. Prior to Newsource, she was a reporter for WTVD-TV in Raleigh. She began her television career as a production assistant for NBC News and MSNBC in Washington D.C.

Another name we’re hearing is Christi Paul who has been an HLN anchor for the last 10 years.

One of Zucker’s first moves as CNN Worldwide president was to do away with the 14-month-old “Starting Point” anchored by Soledad O’Brien. Chris Cuomo departed ABC News in January to anchor the new CNN morning show. Veteran producer Jim Murphy will named EP.

Jeff Zucker Giving Input on CNN’s Inauguration Coverage

Jeff Zucker officially joins CNN on Monday, but he’s already making his mark. Insiders tell us the new CNN Worldwide president and uber producer has been giving input on CNN’s Inauguration Day plans. It was Zucker’s idea to incorporate HLN talent into CNN’s coverage. So expect to see HLN anchors Robin Meade and Christi Paul on CNN Monday.

Zucker will be in Washington, DC for his first day, we’re told. (No pressure at all, control room.)

Zucker has already held town hall meetings with staffers in Atlanta, New York and Washington, DC and has plans to visit the Los Angles bureau soon. He’ll be based in New York.

Reporter Who Lost Job Following Public Urination, Blames, in Part, Ex-Wife, HLN Anchor

Rob Koebel, a reporter for WTMJ TV in Milwaukee who resigned his job following a disorderly conduct arrest, which included urinating outside the Apple Store at a mall in Glendale, WI, in part blames his ex-wife, Christi Paul, an anchor on HLN.

Paul wrote Love Isn’t Supposed to Hurt, detailing the “emotional abuse heaped on her by her first husband whose violent, profanity-laced tirades left her feeling as though she had no value, no self-worth, and nowhere to turn for help.”

Koebel tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel “what really set me off in a three-day drinking binge leading up to the arrest” were two interviews that Paul gave promoting her book. The couple have been divorced for 17 years.

Koebel called the book “accurate to a degree and, then again, very misleading.” He said the book “destroyed my life.”

He was “very hurt she would share my alcoholism on TV,” including in an appearance on Drew Pinsky‘s show on HLN.

HLN Anchor Christi Paul’s Ex-Husband Leaves His Reporting Job After Public Urination Incident

The ex-husband of HLN anchor Christi Paul, who was the subject of her recently published book Love Isn’t Supposed to Hurt, has been fired resigned from his job as a local reporter in Milwaukee after a disorderly conduct citation stemming from a public urination incident.

Rob Koebel, an investigative reporter at Milwaukee NBC affiliate WTMJ, allegedly became belligerent with police after he was caught urinating outside an Apple store in Glendale, WI, TVSpy reports. A police report from the August 21 incident, obtained by Whitefish Bay Patch, describes Koebel as “uncooperative” and said he “refused to follow commands.”

Paul’s book, published in May, chronicles the “emotional abuse heaped on her by her first husband, whose violent, profanity-laced tirades left her feeling as though she had no value, no self-worth, and nowhere to turn for help.”

truTV Sees Ratings Spike During Sandusky Trial

The just-concluded trial of Jerry Sandusky led to a ratings spike for truTV, particularly among younger viewers. InSession, the network’s 9am-3pmET programming, averaged 84,000 A25-54 viewers from June 11-22, an increase of +95% over the previous four weeks.

Several individual hours of programming saw triple-digit increases in the demographic: the 1oamET hour was up +108% compared to the previous four weeks, while the 11amET and 2pmET hour were up +107% and +123%, respectively.

Trial coverage was anchored by Vinnie Politan, Christi Paul and Ryan Smith. Additionally, correspondents Jean Casarez and Beth Karas offered joint coverage from the courthouse in Bellafonte, PA — the pair traded off so one was always on air, the other was always in court. They were aided by two Atlanta-based production teams. Sandusky was found guilty on 45 counts of child sex abuse Friday.

HLN Revamps Dayside Anchor Line-Up

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First on TVNewser: With the recent departures of both Chuck Roberts and Richard Lui, HLN has revamped its dayside anchor line-up with the shuffling of some talent.

Mike Galanos, who had been anchoring “Prime News,” will now anchor five four hours of HLN’s afternoon news programing (12-4pmET) with Richelle Carey, Susan Hendricks, and Christi Paul, among others, forming a Mon-Fri supporting ensemble. (Carey will continue anchoring 4-5pmET.)

TruTV’s “In Session” anchor Vinnie Politan will do double duty with the two Turner networks, hosting HLN’s “Prime News” at 6pmET while continuing with “In Session.” Also from “In Session,” Ryan Smith, who will be a contributor on “Morning Express.”

For Christi Paul, the HLN duties are tacked on to her “In Session” gig. An HLN spokesperson tells us, “In Session,” “will remain true to its core mission as the only place on TV for real-life courtroom coverage.”

Finally, Natasha Curry becomes the solo anchor of HLN Weekend News. She will continue to be the back-up for Robin Meade and will rotate with Hendricks and Carey as anchors of the 10amET hour.

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Chuck Roberts Departing HLN

chuck_roberts_7-30.jpgFirst on TVNewser: Long-time anchor Chuck Roberts is leaving HLN after 28 years TVNewser has learned. Roberts has been anchoring for the network since Headline News launched in 1982 and is the longest-serving anchor there. His final broadcast will be from 3-4pmET this afternoon.

The parting, we’re told, was amicable. In a note to colleagues — which you can read in full below — Roberts thanked his coworkers saying, “We’ve created something from nothing,” adding:

Remember, I’ll still be there with you. Every pit maneuver that ends a chase on the ’101′, and whenever a barricaded suspect prompts a school lockdown, I’ll be there. Every time a bombshell starlet checks into re-hab, I’ll be there. When a packed airliner lands in the icy Hudson River – and they all get out o-k – you better know I’ll be there. It won’t be the adrenaline rush of turning three or four known facts into twenty minutes of air, but I’ll be there.

More: In her toss at the end of the 2pmET hour, an emotional Christi Paul said, “I speak for the whole team, you are our captain, you always will be our captain.”

More: “You know what? It’s entirely appropriate to take the half minute we got left on the show to tell you how much I appreciate your decades of support for me and the team,” Roberts said at the close of his broadcast. “The people who put this particular block of shows together and on the air are veterans…They’re dedicated professionals. I’m in their debt as I’m in yours. So thanks, everybody. Goodbye. Thank you very much.”

Chuck’s full note as well as Paul’s remarks after the jump.

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