CBS anchor to get 'new role' as 'Show' relaunches

CBS is shuffling the anchor deck on “The Early Show” in advance of its planned revamp in January.

Hannah Storm, a co-anchor of the ayemcast for the past five years, will move on in the near future to a “new role” within CBS News, the Eye said Wednesday. Move comes as newly hired “Early Show” exec producer Shelley Ross preps for an unofficial Jan. 7 relaunch of the show.

“Hannah is a rare talent with an extraordinary range and skill set,” Ross said in a statement. “I hope Hannah and I continue to work and innovate together as we relaunch the many moveable parts of the morning.”

It’s unclear whether Ross intends to fill Storm’s anchor chair or if “Early” will move to a two-anchor format with Harry Smith and Julie Chen. Storm’s last day on the two-hour broadcast, which has long lagged its rivals on NBC and ABC, is yet to be determined.

Storm departure comes nearly a year after the exit of Rene Syler, who was part of the four-anchor team with Smith, Chen and Storm when the “Early Show” debuted in its current form in October 2002. Ross, a news biz vet and former exec producer of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” joined “Early Show” in September.

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