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

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.”

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Scene News from Variety