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Changes at CNN: Janelle Rodriguez to Atlanta; Kathy O’Hearn to EP ‘Campbell Brown’

Continuing CNN’s recent trend of announcing moves via tweet, CNN/US President Jon Klein announces today that “Campbell Brown” EP Janelle Rodriguez becomes CNN’s new Director of Programming in Atlanta. Kathy O’Hearn takes her spot in New York.

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O’Hearn was once executive producer of ABC’s “This Week,” and left ABC News in 2009 to take over CNNI’s “Amanpour.” In an odd twist, Christiane Amanpour will be leaving that CNN program to become anchor of “This Week.” Rodriguez took over EP duties at “Campbell Brown” in May of 2009, when she moved from EP of “American Morning.”

According to Klein, Rodriguez will “arrive just in time to work with all of our show teams in launching our new set and continuing the ambitious development of our dayside and weekend programming.” She’ll continue to report to Bart Feder, SVP or Programming.

The director of programming position has been open for a bit, as Scott Matthews moved over to head up the CNN Productions and Investigations unit in November.

Klein’s note to staff after the jump.

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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.

Mumbai Ratings

The terror attacks on Mumbai were covered in a stop-start fashion over three days last week on the U.S. cable news channels. By the time the siege had ended the viewership was split.

Fox News drew the most Total Viewers (sign-on to sign-off) on Wednesday and Friday, while CNN drew the most Total Viewers on Thursday. CNN won all three days in the A25-54 demo.

On Thursday morning and Friday morning, Fox & Friends won in Total Viewers while CNN’s American Morning came in first with younger viewers. “Our show thrives on breaking-news situations, and these ratings are the latest evidence of that,” says EP Janelle Rodriguez.

The numbers after the jump…

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CNN’s American Morning Cuts Eight From Staff

First on TVNewser: CNN’s American Morning cut eight staffers Friday as executive producer Janelle Rodriguez continues to fine tune the broadcast she took over last April. An insider tells us the grim economic picture is not to blame. Those cut include writers and producers.

“This is driven by editorial changes in the program,” a CNN spokesperson tells TVNewser. “The show has evolved and this staff restructuring will better meet the program’s current editorial needs.”

The insider also tells us the show is looking to hire three new producers.

American Morning saw big day-after-election day gains in viewership, but in the last week the show has returned to second place behind Fox & Friends. Those numbers, and year-to-year comparison, after the jump…

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As Olympics Begin, CNN Gets Exclusive on Other Big International Story

ammorning_8-8.JPGAs their respective athletes get set to compete in the Olympics, Russia and Georgia appear on the brink of war.

This morning, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili took to the media to make his case. Saakashvili appeared on CNN American Morning just after 8:35amET, and was interviewed by Kiran Chetry in his first U.S. interview. He had previously been interviewed by BBC News and Bloomberg in the U.K.

He also had just appeared on CNN International. American Morning EP Janelle Rodriguez tells TVNewser it was after this interview the “hustle” began between New York, Atlanta (the international satellite desk) and Moscow. It took a, “tag team, multi-city” effort to get the President back in position to go live on CNN in the U.S.

“Kiran was prepping on the fly. She did an incredible job, and made lots of news,” Rodriguez said. “He got mic’ed up and we got right to him. It was a five minute turnaround at tops.

“The international desk really deserves a lot of credit,” she said.

The interview has been replayed multiple times on CNN today, and has been quoted in various print reports.

“This is when you know you’re in the big leagues and you’re performing as the best amongst the best,” said Rodriguez. “This is our strength.”

The Bloomberg interview, which took place around 6:45amET, was first aired in the U.S. at 11amET on Open Exchange. It will replay again later tonight (more on that later).

Wake Up Call for American Morning

On Monday CNN’s American Morning won all three hours in the A25-54 demo and, therefore, won the time period as well (6-9amET). That’s the first time that’s happened this year. Fox & Friends still won the time period in Total Viewers, nearly doubling CNN’s audience.

American Morning EP Janelle Rodriguez, on the job for three months, tells TVNewser, “It’s really gratifying to see our numbers on the rise, and we’re focused on continuing the trend as we head toward the election. We’re in a strong position to maintain our standing as the go-to destination for morning news.”

Tuesday’s numbers will be posted tomorrow morning at 6amET on TVNewser.

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