Vet anchor Moret will ink multiyear CNN deal

Newsman co-hosted ABC Oscar arrivals

Veteran CNN anchor Jim Moret is close to inking a new multiyear deal with the all-news cabler.

Moret, who currently co-hosts the net’s primetime newscast “The World Today” and its entertainment news skien “Showbiz Today,” had talked to reps from both ABC and CBS about positions. Before Bryant Gumbel agreed to anchor a revamped Eye ayem show, there had been speculation that Moret might be under consideration for the gig.

No formal negotiations with either ABC or CBS ever took place, however, and CNN ultimately came up with a new deal insiders say will expand Moret’s responsibilities at the newschannel.

Moret recently co-hosted ABC’s first-ever pre-Oscar arrivals show.

Moret joined CNN in March 1992 as a senior entertainment reporter, and was upped to anchor in 1993.

His presence at the all-news cabler increased significantly during the net’s coverage of O.J. Simpson criminal trial, which Moret — who’s also an attorney — spent close to 1,000 hours anchoring.

In addition to “Showbiz” and “The World Today,” Moret is the substitute host for CNN’s “Burden of Proof” legal affairs skien and a regular guest host for “Larry King Live.”

Before joining CNN, Moret anchored the syndie entertainment news strip “Entertainment Daily Journal” for Twentieth Television. He’s also done the local anchor circuit, serving three-year stints at both KCBS and KABC.