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John Roberts Leaving ‘American Morning;’ Show to be ‘more upbeat and faster-paced,’ Ken Jautz says

CNN’s “American Morning” is not only going to be getting a new EP soon, a new anchor will need to be hired as well.

John Roberts will be leaving the show by the end of the year, heading for CNN headquarters in Atlanta where he will be closer to his fiancee, dayside anchor Kyra Phillips who is pregnant. “We are discussing an Atlanta-based reporting role for him,” CNN EVP Ken Jautz writes in an email to staff this morning, obtained by TVNewser.

As we reported earlier, “American Morning” EP Jamie Kraft is also leaving the show for a job at NBC News.

But that’s not all that’s changing at CNN’s morning newscast.

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Jamie Kraft Jumps from CNN to NBC

Jamie Kraft is leaving CNN and will join “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” as Senior Broadcast Producer.  Kraft is leaving his job as Executive Producer of “American Morning” which he has overseen for the last two years.

For “Nightly” he will oversee day of air production. The announcement was made by “Nightly News” EP Bob Epstein. Before “American Morning” Kraft was a producer on “Anderson Cooper 360,” and before that he worked at CBS News for more than 13 years on programs including “60 Minutes,” the “CBS Evening News,” and “48 Hours.”

Kraft’s hire at NBC is not the only change coming to “Nightly News.”

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Jamie Kraft Named EP of CNN’s American Morning

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Jamie Kraft has been named EP of CNN’s American Morning, it was announced by Bart Feder, CNN’s SVP for current programming.

“Jamie is an extremely talented journalist, a dynamic leader and the right person to carry on CNN’s tradition of offering the most hard news in morning television,” Feder said in a statement.

Kraft says he is “excited and honored be at the helm of CNN’s morning program. I am so proud of John Roberts, Kiran Chetry and this entire team and what we have accomplished this past year.”

Kraft has been acting EP of the show since May, and before that, senior broadcast producer. Previously, he was a senior producer for AC360. Kraft joined CNN after thirteen years at CBS News.

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CNN Shuffle: Rodriguez to 8pm, Another New “A.M” EP Needed

rodriguez_5-15.jpgFirst on TVNewser: CNN’s American Morning EP Janelle Rodriguez (pictured) is moving to prime time and will become the EP of Campbell Brown‘s 8pmET hour. Jamie Kraft, currently senior broadcast producer of “American Morning”, takes over as interim EP June 1, when Brown returns from maternity leave.

Rodriguez took over the “A.M.” job in May 2008, after Ed Litvak had left a few months earlier. With Rodriguez at the helm, American Morning has grown by 35% in the A25-54 demo.

The move means David Doss, EP of Anderson Cooper 360 who also had been overseeing Brown’s hour, goes back to just AC360, as well as heading up long-form specials including the Planet in Peril franchise. With Doss heading the 8pmET hour, Brown’s demo ratings improved by 51% (March ’08-March ’09 vs. the prior year).

Scott Matthews, brought in to oversee Roland Martin‘s fill-in hosting at 8pmET, will return to Atlanta and his role as director of programming.

Jamie Kraft Upped at CNN

CNN has named Jamie Kraft senior broadcast producer of CNN’s American Morning. Kraft has been senior producer of Anderson Cooper 360 for the past three years, where he was responsible for overseeing editorial content for the program.

Before joining CNN, Kraft had been with CBS for 13 years, where he was a producer for 60 Minutes and the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather.

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