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David Chalian Named CNN Political Director

david_chalian_jt_120728_wgCNN producer David Chalian has been named Political Director for the network, Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist announced today.

The former ABC News political director joined CNN last summer as “Crossfire” supervising producer. He replaces Mark Preston as political director, who was promoted to executive editor of CNN Politics last month.

Before CNN, Chalian served as POLITICO’s VP of video programming and Yahoo News’ Washington Bureau Chief; he was terminated by Yahoo! after a negative comment he made about Mitt Romney and the Republican Party was caught on a hot microphone.

FishbowlDC has the full memo sent to staff from Feist.

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Mark Preston Named Executive Editor for CNN Politics

Preston Mark Preston has been named Executive Editor for CNN Politics, SVP and Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist announced today.

In his new role, Preston will oversee CNN’s political events, including presidential debates. Preston will continue his political reporting, covering campaigns and events across CNN’s platforms, while also serving as an on-air analyst during election and primary coverage.

“Mark’s new role will put CNN in a terrific position heading into the mid-term elections and beyond,” Feist said. “Mark’s relationships in the political world are among the strongest in journalism and we look forward to Mark leveraging these connections as he organizes events and reports on the upcoming campaign.”

Before the promotion, Preston had been CNN’s political director since 2011. He’s been with the network since 2005.

CNN’s press release after the jump.

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Cable Networks Plan Louisiana Primary Coverage

Voting in Louisiana’s GOP primary is underway, and the cable networks will offer varying degrees of coverage when the polls close at 9pmET tonight. Here’s what they have planned:

  • On Fox News, Harris Faulker will anchor a live “Fox Report” at 10pmET. She will also provide live cut-ins beginning at 8pmET.
  • Alex Wagner will host a live election special on MSNBC at 9pmET.
  • CNN will cover election results as part of regular Saturday night programming, which includes a live “CNN Newsroom” at 10pmET. Joe Johns, Mark Preston, Paul Steinhauser and Tom Foreman contribute.

As South Carolina Polls Close, FNC, NBC Declare Newt Gingrich Winner; CNN Waits

At 7pmET as the polls in South Carolina closed, Fox News and MSNBC returned from a commercial break and made the call that Newt Gingrich had won the primary there. On CNN, no call was made despite exit polls showing Gingrich in the lead. “We want to make sure that those exit polls (38% for Gingrich, 29% for Romney) are accurate, so we’re not ready to project a winner,” said Wolf Blitzer around 7:02pm. “But it looks like a very good night for Newt Gingrich.”

“It’s more important to be right, than first,” Blitzer added around 7:09pm.

Brian Williams on NBC, Diane Sawyer and David Muir on ABC and Scott Pelley on CBS anchored special reports. While ABC also projected Gingrich the winner, CBS estimated a Gingrich lead at the time of the 7pmET updates.

With Gingrich winning South Carolina, three different GOP candidates have taken the first three contests. Earlier today, the Iowa republican party declared Rick Santorum the winner there, and Mitt Romney took New Hampshire January 10.

> Update: CNN projects Gingrich the winner at 7:34pmET. Mark Preston, CNN’s political director pulled back the curtain telling Anderson Cooper why the call was made 34 minutes after other networks: “We got enough of the raw vote in, the real vote that people cast. We focused on the counties we thought Newt Gingrich would do well in. We put this formula together, our exit poll team — which is our pollster, and our political folks — crunch it together, that’s how we get it.”

> More: FBN’s Neil Cavuto was on the phone with Gingrich at 7pm as he was declared winner by Fox: “You have won South Carolina. We are calling this race for you. So congratulations there, sir.” “Wow. Thank you,” said Gingrich. (Video after the jump)

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