Michaela Pereira, a steady presence in CNN’s morning lineup for several years, will leave her duties as a co-host of the cable-news network’s “New Day” and join the roster at sister network HLN, where she will host her own program.
“I’m very pleased to announce that Michaela Pereira is joining the HLN team and will serve as host of a new dayside show,” said Ken Jautz, a CNN Worldwide executive vice president who oversees HLN, in a memo to staffers. “I’ve been vocal about wanting to strengthen our current programming line-up by increasing live hours in the day, and we hit the jackpot with Michaela.” The move brings the anchor (pictured, above, between Allisyn Camerota and Chris Cuomo) back to home ground: It will air live from Los Angeles, where she anchored a popular news program on KTLA for nine years.
Pereira’s new program will air live for three hours in the late morning on the East Coast, and will put her at the helm during morning-show time on the West Coast. HLN’s long-running “Morning Express,” hosted by Robin Meade, will serve as her show’s lead-in. Pereira’s program will launch before the end of the second quarter this year, Jautz said. Her move to HLN from CNN is effective Monday, May 2. She is represented by WME.
Periera’s transfer to HLN serves as the latest sign that Time Warner’s CNN Worldwide unit is trying to remake the network again, bringing it closer to its roots as a place for quick summaries of the news after letting it journey in other directions. For the past year or so, HLN was positioned as a place for millennial audiences to get bursts of information about trending chatter on social media, but the network’s lineup was a hodgepodge of concepts: Meade’s morning show aired live or in rebroadcast for six hours, and the network’s schedule contained, at various times, movies and a game show based on an app, as well as Nancy Grace and Dr. Drew in primetime.
Albie Hecht, a veteran Viacom programming executive who became HLN’s general manager, recently left the network, and Jautz, who spent time as HLN’s leader in a previous era, has returned.
Pereira’s departure from “New Day” comes as co-hosts Chris Cuomo and Allisyn Camerota have gained more prominence on the program. Her exit means that Cuomo will be the only member of the show’s original team still on the air. Kate Bolduan, another member of the original team, now hosts “At This Hour’ on CNN at 11 a.m. with John Berman.