Net makes talent changes to early programming

CNN is undergoing some major changes: the net is reportedly ending its current approach to morning show “American Morning,” with anchor Soledad O’Brien set to take over from 7 to 9 ayem and former ABC Newsie Ashleigh Banfield as her lead-in from 5 o’clock until 7. The news was first reported by the New York Times’ Brian Stelter.

The Turner news net reworked its primetime sked earlier this year, with new hire Erin Burnett on at 7 p.m., Anderson Cooper reshuffled to replace two failed iterations of CNN’s Eliot Spitzer program at 8, and Piers Morgan replacing Larry King at 9.

Fox News’ morning show “Fox & Friends” has ruled the cable morning show landscape for some time, and CNN would seem to be looking for a new approach after ten years of the current version of “American Morning.”

TVNewser reported last week that the net is reorganizing its Atlanta newsroom, reclassifying all writers to writer/producers and requiring them to accept a severance package or reapply for their positions within two weeks.

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