Big changes coming to the CNN lineup.
Erin Burnett‘s new show will be a part of CNN’s pre-primetime lineup, airing at 7pmET, CNN announced. “John King, USA” which had aired at 7pm, moves up to 6pm and “Anderson Cooper 360″ moves up two hours, to 8pmET, pitting him against cable news’ #1 show FNC’s “The O’Reilly Factor.”
The first change occurs August 8, when AC360 makes the move to 8pm, with a re-air at 10pmET. Most days, this will mean a shorter day for Cooper, who will be devoting more time to his syndicated daytime show which launches in September.
“I’m looking forward to the new time slot and am excited to share AC360 with a new audience at 8pm, while still connecting with my regular viewers at 10pm,” said Cooper.
Burnett, the former CNBC anchor, will debut in the fall with her show re-airing at 11pmET. “Piers Morgan Tonight” continues at 9pm and 12amET.
King’s move to 6pm means the 2-hour “Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” will now begin at 4pmET, leaving one less hour of CNN Newsroom.
All these changes leave “In the Arena” off the schedule. There’s no mention of that, or the fate of host Eliot Spitzer in the news release (after the jump.)
But Spitzer gives this response on the show, via his publicist: “We engaged serious people in conversations about national and global issues in a way that was informative and challenging. I believe that we provided diverse and valuable perspectives during the show’s tenure. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at CNN.”
Spitzer’s brief run as a cable news host began last October when the former New York Governor was paired with The Washington Post‘s Kathleen Parker for a new show called “Parker Spitzer.” That lasted four months, when Parker left amid reports of tension on the set. The show was reformatted into an ensemble led by Spitzer.
Insiders tell us Spitzer’s work at CNN is done, and he’ll be free to speak with other networks soon.