'Crossfire' may expand to be an hour

CNN is close to axing “Greenfield at Large,” the nightly political talkshow hosted by Jeff Greenfield.

The net could make an announcement as soon as Friday.

“It’s obvious our primetime lineup is changing, but we haven’t made any decisions about how it will affect our existing lineup,” a CNN spokeswoman said. “We expect Jeff Greenfield to be on CNN for years to come. He will always have a prominent role.”

Insiders said CNN is weighing the possibility of expanding “Crossfire” to an hour. “At Large” will likely be replaced by repeats of either the expanded version of “Crossfire” or Connie Chung’s new one hour primetime show, which is set to launch in April.

CNN is in discussions with Greenfield about what sort of role he’d like to play at the network. Sources said it’s likely Greenfield will continue to contribute to other CNN shows and his staff will be absorbed elsewhere at the cable news net.

Since its premiere in June, “At Large,” which airs weeknights at 11 p.m. ET, has been overshadowed in the ratings by repeats of “The O’Reilly Report” on Fox News.

Greenfield, who played a prominent role at CNN during last year’s contested presidential election, was hired away from ABC News by former CNN prexy Rick Kaplan in 1998.

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