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CNN promotes Jim Acosta to weekdays, shakes up struggling morning show as ratings issues continue

CNN has reshuffled its struggling lineup, with Jim Acosta moving to weekdays and the New York-based morning production team disbanded.

“CNN This Morning,” the long-troubled brainchild of ousted CEO Chris Licht, will be moving to 5 a.m. ET with current anchors Poppy Harlow and Phil Mattingly on the sidelines. to 7 p.m. Casey Hunt will serve as emcee. CNN said Harlow and Mattingly were being considered for other roles at the station where they “are talented and perform well.”

CNN News Central, anchored by John Berman, Kate Bolduan and Sarah Sydner, airs from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. ET, with Acosta anchoring at 10 a.m., followed by Pamela Brown. He will anchor at 11 a.m.

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CNN’s woes are intensifying once again, with Jim Acosta moving to weekdays and the company’s New York-based morning production team disbanding. (CNN)

Acosta was known for his bombastic questions as a White House correspondent during the Trump administration, but when President Biden took office in 2021, he was thrust into weekend anchoring duties.

CNN CEO Mark Thompson announced the changes in a memo to staff obtained by Fox News Digital. He announced a revamp of the lineup and then began the logistics of making significant changes to the network’s production.

“These changes mean we will no longer produce morning shows in New York and mean disbanding the team that currently produces CNN This Morning in the city. Weekend programming will continue,” Thompson wrote.

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CNN’s Jim Acosta was briefly expelled from the White House after getting into an argument with President Trump during a press conference and briefly touching a female White House aide who tried to grab the microphone. be. ((Reuters/Jonathan Ernst))

“What we are announcing today is a change in strategic direction that reflects the talent, expertise and dedication of our New York-based editorial production and operations teams who have worked on the morning deliverables. They are one of the best teams in the world.” “We will strongly encourage you to apply for the many new openings we have this week in Atlanta and Washington, D.C., as well as in New York and other locations. We invite you to apply for the many other open positions in the Programming Block,” he continued. “I am acutely aware that today’s announcement means a great deal of uncertainty for many of our valued colleagues. Change and uncertainty are inevitable in an industry undergoing a revolution; Never underestimate the human impact of

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Original “CNN This Morning” anchors Kaitlan Collins, Don Lemon and Poppy Harlow will all be removed from the show once the latest changes begin. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images, CNN)

Mr. Thompson then thanked those involved in the dispatch program for their work.

In 2022, Don Lemon was plucked from his primetime solo show to a morning ensemble show with co-anchors Poppy Harlow and Caitlan Collins. Their show, “CNN This Morning,” was supposed to lift the network out of the morning ratings basement, but it failed to resonate with viewers and quickly became fodder for tabloid drama both behind and in front of the camera. became. Since then, Lemon has been fired, Collins has been shifted to prime time, and Harlow is in his final days hosting the morning show.

CNN’s morning show has struggled to find an audience for years, and the replacement of “New Day” with “CNN This Morning” did not improve the situation. In 2024, CNN’s morning show averaged just 322,000 total viewers, a 10% decrease compared to last year. This year was the lowest-rated year for CNN’s morning show since at least 2013.

CNN has faced serious ratings problems for years. Fox News averaged 1.3 million viewers per day in January, ranking first across basic cable, while CNN averaged 463,000 viewers.

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CNN’s most-watched show was “Anderson Cooper 360,” which finished 28th among cable news with just 733,000 total viewers. Despite being CNN’s biggest draw, “AC 360” averaged fewer viewers than his 14 shows on Fox News and his 13 shows on MSNBC.

This change is expected to take effect later this month.

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