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Jim Murphy To EP New CNN Morning Show

CNN has named Jim Murphy the senior executive producer of its new morning block, including its still-unannounced morning show, which will be co-anchored by Chris Cuomo. CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker made the announcement in today’s editorial meeting, TVNewser has learned.

Murphy is a morning veteran, having served as the senior executive producer of “Good Morning America” from 2006-2011, and EP of the “CBS Evening News” before that. Most recently he served as executive producer of Anderson Cooper’s syndicated show “Anderson,” though he left the program partway through the first season.

Before leading the “CBS Evening News,” Murphy served as a producer on “48 Hours” and the original version of “CBS This Morning” in the early 1990s.

It isn’t yet clear where Murphy’s addition leaves the morning program’s current EP Shannon High, though we hear she will likely leave the channel. We will update when we hear back. High joined CNN in November 2011 to revamp the morning show.

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Javier Morgado Joins New CNN Morning Show

Former “Today” show supervising producer Javier Morgado is joining CNN’s new 4-hour morning show as Senior Broadcast Producer. Morgado, most recently a VP of business development at Latina magazine, spent more than 10 years at NBC News, at Miami’s WTVJ, NBC News in New York and lastly at “Today.” The new as-yet unnamed CNN morning show, which will be broken into 2 two-hour programs, will launch next month. Soledad O’Brien will anchor the 7-9am block while Ashleigh Banfield and Zoraida Sambolin will anchor the 5-7am block. Morgado starts with CNN Monday and will report to show EP Shannon High.

Soledad O’Brien Returns to the AM at CNN; Ashleigh Banfield, Zoraida Sambolin Join Revamped Mornings

It’s been discussed for several weeks, and now CNN has made it official: Soledad O’Brien will return to anchoring two hours of CNN’s new revamped morning show, leading a team of contributors and guests from 7-9amET.  CNN EVP Ken Jautz promises the shows will “complement our direction in primetime.”

Ashleigh Banfield, the former MSNBC, CourtTV and ABC News correspondent and anchor will join CNN to co-anchor the 5-7amET hours alongside another new CNN hire, Zoraida Sambolin who leaves her morning show co-anchor gig at WMAQ (NBC) in Chicago.

Despite the weeks of speculation, insiders tell us O’Brien only sealed her new deal Tuesday. And just yesterday, Shannon High — recruited from NBC to be the EP of the four-hour morning block — signed her deal with CNN. The shows will launch in January.

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Shannon High Jumps to CNN, Will Oversee New Morning Show

TVNewser has learned Shannon High is leaving NBC’s Peacock Productions to join CNN where she will oversee the new four-hour morning show. An announcement on the hire, and the new show, could come as early as tomorrow.

High joined MSNBC in 2007 as VP of daytime programs. Two years later she moved to Dylan Ratigan‘s program which was about to launch. Last summer she moved to NBC’s production company, Peacock Productions.

As we’ve reported, the new CNN morning show includes a return to mornings for Soledad O’Brien, who will anchor the 7-9amET show and a return to Turner Broadcasting for Ashleigh Banfield who will co-anchor the 5-7am hours along with Zoraida Sambolin, who’s joining from WMAQ in Chicago. The new show will launch in the New Year.

Former ‘Today,’ ‘Early Show’ EP Steve Friedman’s Next Project: Dylan Ratigan

Friedman_7.15.jpgSteve Friedman, a 40-year veteran of TV news, has his next act: MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan show.

“I look forward to joining the Ratigan team at MSNBC,” said Friedman, who began his TV news career in 1970 at NBC’s KNBC in Los Angeles. “I’ve always believed the stronger the talent, the better the show. And Dylan with his ‘mad as hell at the system’ message matches the tenor of our times. Joining Dylan and my old and dear friend [MSNBC president] Phil Griffin at 30 Rock is a dream come true for me and I can’t wait to get started.”

Friedman was Griffin’s boss when Friedman was EP of the “Today” show, a job he held from 1980-1987.

He was behind the “Today” show’s streetside studio, which has been a staple of morning TV since 1993. (The second floor of that studio, is home to MSNBC’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann“).

From 1999-2002, Friedman was Senior EP of “The Early Show” on CBS. He’s also launched several cable shows including “Cold Pizza” on ESPN2, the “Dennis Miller Show” on CNBC, “Tucker Carlson Unfiltered” on PBS, and the re-launch of “Squawk Box” on CNBC.

The Ratigan EP job came open earlier this month when, as we first reported, Shannon High left MSNBC daytime for the network’s Peacock Productions.

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MSNBC Exec Shannon High Leaving for Peacock Productions

Shannon High, who joined MSNBC nearly three years ago as managing editor of the news network’s daytime and weekend programming and who last summer moved to launching and overseeing Dylan Ratigan‘s show, is leaving dayside.

Sources tell TVNewser High is moving to NBC News’ Peacock Productions which produces original and re-purposed programs for MSNBC and outside clients.

High was brought in in September 2007 after a career in local news, most recently VP at Miami’s CBS duopoly WFOR/WBFS. Less than two years into her MSNBC appointment, she was effectively replaced by another local news alum, longtime NBC staffer Yvette Miley who oversaw news at Miami’s WTVJ-NBC6.

High’s time with Ratigan has been described by a source as “turbulent.” TVNewser hears a formal announcement is expected next week.

Dylan Ratigan Moving to 4 PM on MSNBC

ratigan_12-14.jpgWith the announcement that Chuck Todd and Savannah Guthrie will be getting their own political program at 9amET comes the news that Dylan Ratigan is moving to the late afternoon.

Ratigan, who anchored MSNBC’s “Morning Meeting” between 9-11amET, will now host the hour-long “Dylan Ratigan Show” at 4pmET leading into “Hardball with Chris Matthews.”

The program will take over the slot formerly occupied by David Shuster and Tamron Hall. MSNBC said in a press release that Shuster and Hall “will remain anchors with MSNBC dayside.”

MSNBC president Phil Griffin said he is “thrilled to have Dylan move to the afternoons, where his analysis of politics and the economy and his tough interviews will be a great companion to ‘Hardball.’”

The 10amET hour will return to dayside news coverage with the switch. No anchors have been announced for that time slot at this time.

Shannon High will remain as EP.

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Is ‘Morning Meeting’ Heading to the Afternoon?

Ratigan_11.10.jpgTVNewser hears some changes may be in store for MSNBC dayside.

“Morning Meeting,” the two hour show hosted by Dylan Ratigan, may be split, with one hour in the morning and another in the afternoon. It’s not determined which hour Ratigan might take over, but one scenario puts him at 4pmET, leading in to “Hardball.” He could also land at 3pmET, which is one of the hours he anchored at CNBC until earlier this year.

“Meeting” launched in June with Ratigan at the helm. If the show is halved in the morning, the 10amET slot would return to news, which is what happened to the 11amET slot in August with the cancellation of Carlos Watson‘s show.

Health News Injected with Opinion

Snyderman_6.28.jpgBeginning at NoonET today, MSNBC is devoting an hour every weekday to health news with the new show “Dr. Nancy” anchored by Dr. Nancy Snyderman. The show continues MSNBC’s goal of programming with personality — crafting shows around known names in the TV news world and who come armed with a point of view. Howard Kurtz profiles Snyderman who spent 17 years at ABC News before leaving TV, then returning to NBC.

Feeling she had hit a ceiling at the network, where Diane Sawyer had gotten the “GMA” host’s job she coveted, Snyderman joined Johnson & Johnson for five years, during which she gave up her surgery practice. But she grew bored by the plodding pace of corporate life, and in 2006 NBC chief executive Jeff Zucker lured her to his network. ABC also wanted her back, and “I felt very disloyal not going home,” she says.

By tapping NBC’s chief medical editor, a former pediatrician and cancer surgeon who says she “hounded” her bosses for a cable show, Griffin is getting a highly opinionated woman who delivers her views with a soothing bedside manner — most of the time, at least.

And in addition to giving a health spin to the news of the day (the show could do a Jon & Kate segment asking “‘Is divorce better than separation?,’” says EP Shannon High), expect a lot on health care reform.

She has a view on almost every personal health question — dark chocolate is good for you, no one needs eight glasses of water a day — and is engrossed in the debate over President Obama’s health-care plan, which will be a major focus of “Dr. Nancy.” “We want the best health care in the world, we don’t want to pay for it…It’s easy to bash doctors, until you get sick,” she says.

MSNBC’s Shannon High To EP New Shows, Yvette Miley Takes Over Dayside

It was just announced by MSNBC president Phil Griffin that Shannon High, brought in to MSNBC in October 2007, is moving from her role as VP of dayside to EP of the Dylan Ratigan show and the Dr. Nancy Snyderman show. High will keep her title of VP and work to develop new shows for the network, reporting to Griffin.

19-year NBC veteran Yvette Miley joins MSNBC next week as Executive Editor overseeing editorial content, including breaking news and weekend coverage. She too will report to Griffin. Yvette joins from NBC’s South Florida station WTVJ where she was VP of news.

Interestingly, High also joined MSNBC from South Florida where she’d been VP of News at WFOR/WBFS.

The Ratigan show, airing from 9-11amET and Dr. Snyderman’s show, airing at NoonET, both debut on June 29 on MSNBC.

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