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Indra Petersons Leaving CNN; Weather Operations Return to Atlanta

IndraPetersonsAs part of the workforce reduction at CNN, New York-based meteorologist Indra Petersons will be leaving the network, TVNewser has learned. All shows will now rely on CNN Weather in Atlanta, led by meteorologists Chad Myers and Jennifer Gray.

Petersons joined CNN last year, working primarily on “New Day.” Before CNN, Petersons was a meteorolgist at KABC in Los Angeles.

In all, CNN reduced staffing by 300 people, or about 8%.  Some open positions weren’t filled, about 130 longtime staffers took a voluntary buyout and the remainder are the result of layoffs which began last week.

Petersons will remain on the air for a while longer before signing off.

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The Revolving Door: Frucci, Moody, Auriemma

  • “New Day” executive producer Matt Frucci is leaving CNN as part of the 300-person workforce reduction. Frucci, who previously worked for ABC’s “Good Morning America,” has been with “New Day” since its launch in April, 2013.

  • FishbowlNY reports Adam Auriemma is heading for Miami to join Fusion as deputy editor. Auriemma joins from the Wall Street Journal where he was a deputy bureau chief in New York.

CNN Gets Ready For A ‘New Day’

It was a long few months work to get to “New Day,” CNN’s new morning show, which will launch on June 17th.

In the mornings, chemistry between the hosts plays an enormous role in a show’s success. If viewers don’t like the hosts, they won’t turn them on when they roll out of bed.

“You can’t fake chemistry, you can’t impose it,” CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker said this morning, speaking over breakfast with a gaggle of reporters in the back room at the Landmarc restaurant at Time Warner Center. “When I put Kate next to Chris, I just knew.”

Kate is Kate Bolduan, the erstwhile CNN Congressional correspondent, and Chris is Chris Cuomo, a high-profile poach from ABC News. Zucker says they did screen tests with Cuomo and five other people (including Erin Burnett) before deciding that Bolduan was the right co-anchor. The pair will be joined by Michaela Pereira, who joins CNN from KTLA’s morning news show.

“The first time I met Michaela, I said ‘holy shit, where have you been,’” Zucker recalled. “It is a unique personality and she is incredibly special. ”
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New CNN Morning Show Called ‘New Day’

CNN’s new morning show will be called “New Day.”

It will air from 6-9 AM, starting an hour earlier than the network morning shows, but up directly against “Morning Joe’ on MSNBC and “Fox & Friends” on Fox News Channel. “New Day” debuts Monday, June 10th.

The new show will be anchored by Chris Cuomo, who left ABC News for CNN in January, and Kate Bolduan, who’s been a DC correspondent for CNN and Michaela Pereira, who joins CNN from KTLA.

The show replaces ”Starting Point” which had been hosted by Soledad O’Brien. O’Brien left CNN at the end of March to start her own production company. ”Early Start,” anchored by John Berman and Zoraida Sambolinwill remain on the air from 5-6 AM.

The new logo for the program is a stark departure from CNN’s past morning programs. It looks like a network morning logo with its big  bright color (CNN Red), and referring to the anchors as  ”Chris and Kate.” CNN hasn’t revealed any details on programming just yet, but if the logo is any indication, expect a show more in line with “Good Morning America” or “Today” than “Morning Joe.”

As it happens, former “Good Morning America” and “CBS Evening News” executive producer Jim Murphy will be the Senior EP of the program, with Matt Frucci serving as EP.

Update: Internal email from Jeff Zucker, after the jump.
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Explosions at Finish Line of the Boston Marathon

The cable news networks pivoted to breaking news in Massachusetts shortly after 3pmET Monday afternoon as two explosions went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Fox News was the first cable news network to report the news at 3:06:18 p.m., followed just seconds later by CNN at 3:06:53 p.m. MSNBC reported the news at 3:08:45 p.m. All three cable news networks were several minutes minutes behind the first reports of the explosions on Twitter.

Fox News and CNN are relying on live pictures from Boston local stations. MSNBC has video from New England Cable News, which is owned and operated by NBC Universal.

> More: The broadcast networks also broke in with news of the explosions. CBS News was first at 3:10pmET, followed by ABC News and NBC News at 3:13 p.m. Scott Pelley is anchoring on CBS, Brian Williams on NBC and Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos on ABC.

> More: Matt Frucci, the incoming executive producer of CNN’s new morning show, is doing eyewitness reports from the scene for the network. Wolf Blitzer is anchoring. And on Fox News, Shepard Smith is talking with WGBH’s Emily Rooney, former network executive and daughter of Andy Rooney.

> More: Anderson Cooper is on his way to Boston and will anchor at 8pmET and 10pmET.

> More: Here’s affiliate video of one of the explosions, as seen on CNN:

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Kate Bolduan Named CNN Morning Show Co-Anchor, Net Hires Michaela Pereira from KTLA

First on TVNewser: CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker just announced to the staff that he is bringing on CNN Congressional correspondent Kate Bolduan (upper left) as Chris Cuomo‘s co-anchor for CNN’s new morning show.

As TVNewser sources indicated yesterday, Bolduan was the top pick following Zucker’s first choice of Erin Burnett with whom negotiations didn’t get very far. Burnett continues to anchor her 7pm show “OutFront.” CNN has also hired longtime KTLA morning anchor Michaela Pereira (upper right) as news anchor. Interestingly, Pereira’s show on KTLA, the CW affiliate in Los Angeles, was created by Burnett’s producer Wil Surratt.

“There will be much more news about this exciting new show in the weeks to come, but today’s announcement gives us a very strong start,” writes Zucker in a note to staff, obtained by TVNewser. “Please join me in congratulating Chris and Kate, and welcoming Michaela to CNN.”

The as-yet unnamed show will debut later this Spring.

More: It was also announced that Matt Frucci, who joined CNN in October after 12 years at ABC News, will EP the new morning show. He’ll report to Jim Murphy, who will be senior EP. More in the release after the jump…

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