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Anchors to Rotate for ‘CNN Tonight’

johnrobertstonight_11-17.jpgA number of CNN regulars will be anchoring 7pmET broadcasts for CNN this fall as a part of a special rotation and TVNewser has learned some of the early plans.

Lou Dobbsabrupt departure from CNN last week left an obvious hole in the network’s 7pmET time slot. CNN/U.S. President Jon Klein quickly announced that Sunday “State of the Union” host John King would be moving into the slot with a new political show in early 2010.

But until then, CNN said it would air a program titled “CNN Tonight” hosted by a series of rotating anchors.

Last Thursday, the day after Dobbs announced his resignation, CNN went with the “Situation Room” fourth hour, and Friday, the networked aired a veterans special in the 7pmET slot.

Last evening (Monday), “CNN Tonight” debuted with lead-off anchor John Roberts, who also worked his “American Morning” gig earlier in the day.

Who’s next? It seems a permanent rotation may not be set, but a CNN spokesperson tells us Roberts will be anchoring through Thursday evening and “AC360″ correspondent Erica Hill will be in on Friday. Both Roberts and Hill are based out of New York.

The following week, Roberts, Hill, and D.C.-based reporter Tom Foreman will split anchor duties.

CNN National Report Card: Behind the Scenes at the Reunion

Last night, TVNewser went to CNN’s New York studios for the broadcast of “The National Report Card: Second 100 Days.” We were there early and got to speak with a few members of the “best political team on television,” including Gloria Borger and Soledad O’Brien, and the atmosphere was almost giddy. We talked with Campbell Brown just before she went on air about how these big events are like a family reunion. Since the election season—when “CNN =ed Politics”—there has been little opportunity for this whole crew to be in the same room. Brown told us she was particularly thrilled last night, because she had missed the last “National Report Card” special while she was on leave, so it had been too long since she’d seen everyone together. You can read some of our tweets from last night.

We spoke with Wolf Blitzer right after he finished up this segment at the end of “The Situation Room.” He lives for the big events and could barely contain his glee when talking about putting in another two hours on air.


Afterward, David Reisner, CNN’s Digital and 3-D Media Producer, snuck us over to the Magic Wall where we got to check out all the elaborate features and data that Tom Foreman would be playing with later that night. See the rest of the photos after the jump.

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“Chaos” Erupts Around CNN Correspondent During Mumbai Live Shot

CNNMumbai_11.27.bmpIn the second day of the siege in Mumbai, some members of the media are finding themselves in the middle of local anger. CNN’s Sara Sidner is the network’s New Delhi correspondent. Sidner was reporting about the situation at the Taj Hotel when several locals began interrupting her live shot. Sidner would later report, “As we were standing outside a large group of people came around, many of them young, with the smell of alcohol on their breath, frankly. They were standing very, very close and suddenly chaos erupted.”

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Sidner joined CNN last November when the network expanded its operations in the subcontinent.

Last night, because of the holiday, many cable network anchors were already scheduled off, but at least one returned to anchor the breaking news from India…

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Back on the Bus

formantv_8-11.JPGCNN correspondent Tom Foreman reported from the CNN Election Express this afternoon, as the mobile news bureau makes its way to the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

The bus left Washington around 10amET this morning, and headed to Pennsylvania (look for a live hit during The Situation Room). It will be traveling to Ohio for an appearance on Campbell Brown: Election Center tonight.

The Election Express stops at many battleground states en route to Denver, and then on to St. Paul for the Republican National Convention.

It will be put to use at the convention locations, serving as the main production facility at the CNN Grills and live shot locations, as well as Sen. Barack Obama‘s speech from Invesco Field.

Earlier: Back in September, when the presidential frontrunners were “from New York,” TVNewser got a tour of the CNN Election Express when it stopped in NYC.

The Ticker: Haddad, Logan, Clinton…

access_7-11.JPG> Steve Forrest, the Access Hollywood producer who landed the exclusive the mainstream media couldn’t get, appears today on Tammy Haddad‘s radio show at 1pmET. It broadcasts on XM channel POTUS08, and can be heard online here. Update: Maria Menounos, who conducted the interview, will be a guest on the program as well.

> In response to these comments, Marketwatch’s Jon Friedman gives, “10 reasons why Lara Logan shouldn’t snub TV news.” Some reasons? FBN’s Neil Cavuto, NBC’s Brian Williams and ABC’s Nightline.

> “Clintons Never Quit,” an hour-long look at Bill, Hillary and Chelsea, airs tonight on CNN at 10pmET. “They both may be down now, but they’re certainly not out,” writes AC360 correspondent Tom Foreman.