CNN drops anchor Kagan

Klein declines to renew contract

Longtime CNN anchor Daryn Kagan is ankling the network after topper Jon Klein declined to renew her contract.

It’s the latest anchor move by CNN/U.S. prexy Klein, who shifted Kagan to her current 10 a.m.-noon timeslot after revamping “American Morning.”

Kagan’s morning co-host, Bill Hemmer, was ousted in that shakeup and later landed as an anchor at Fox News Channel.

Kagan, until recently a longtime companion to conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, joined the network in 1994 after she was plucked from local news in Phoenix.

She started in sports but soon moved to morning news; she has reported for CNN from Africa and from the red carpet.

She told staff in a memo that she plans to start her own online venture at Darynkagan.com.

Her frequent substitute, Heidi Collins, is expected to be named her successor on “CNN Live Today.”

CNN has also signed Fidel Castro’s dissident daughter, Alina Fernandez, as a contributor to the network.

Fernandez fled Cuba in 1993 and is a resident of Miami. She is the author of “Castro’s Daughter: An Exile’s Memoir of Cuba” and host of the radio show “Simplemente Alina.”

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