Wil Surratt, who has been the EP of CNN’s “Erin Burnett: OutFront” since launch, is moving to Amy Entelis‘ group as EP of program development, specifically charged with focusing on a new CNN primetime. CNN Worldwide chief Jeff Zucker has promised a “shake up” in primetime this year. Susie Xu, (left) currently senior broadcast producer of “OutFront” is the new Executive Producer. Xu is a 13-year veteran of CNN where she has worked at the network’s New York, Washington, and Beijing bureaus. Burnett returns from maternity leave later this month.
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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…
Surratt worked at CNN from 2002-2006 EP’ing “American Morning” and “Newsnight.” after leaving CNN he joined CNBC where he oversaw Burnett’s afternoon show, “Street Signs.”
“Who wouldn’t jump at an opportunity to create a brand new program with an exciting and globally respected journalist like Erin on the world’s greatest news platforms? It’s simply a dream job,” said Surratt in a press release.
“I am thrilled to be reunited with Wil, whose talent and drive are legendary and inspiring,” says Burnett, who left CNBC for CNN last month. “We are ready to create an exciting new program together.”
No launch date or time period has been announced. However CNN’s afternoon hours are in for a shakeup. As we reported last week, Ali Velshi is moving to the early mornings to anchor a 5am newscast, leaving the 1-3pmET hours open.
Release after the jump…
TVNewser has learned Wilson (Wil) Surratt is returning to CNN and will be named EP of Erin Burnett‘s new program. Since 2009, Surratt has been with WPIX in New York. In 2006, he began a 2-year run at CNBC where he oversaw “The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch” and worked with Burnett on “Street Signs.”
From 2002-2006 Surratt worked at CNN as Senior EP of “American Morning” and “Newsnight with Aaron Brown” and was with CNN at the launch of “Anderson Cooper 360.” Surratt may be best known in TV news circles for overseeing the “KTLA Morning News” in Los Angeles in the late 1990s, a format which has been replicated at stations across the country.
The final deal with CNN is being worked out. An announcement is expected soon.
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