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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Ali Velshi to become Anchor

Tweets from CNN staffers say that Ali Velshi is moving up to become an anchor. According to Rick Sanchez, Ali will host weekdays from 1-3pmET (leading into Sanchez' new program.) Ali will host from the NY studio Atlanta. [Sorry, I misread a tweet!] More details to follow...

Here is the article from the NYT:

January 7, 2010, 1:08 pm

On CNN, a New Show for Ali Velshi

Beginning Jan. 18, CNN is assigning two hours of anchoring to its chief business correspondent, Ali Velshi.
Beginning Jan. 18, CNN is assigning two hours of anchoring to its chief business correspondent, Ali Velshi.

CNN is remodeling its afternoon schedule, assigning two hours of anchoring to its chief business correspondent, Ali Velshi.

The cable news channel informed staff members on Thursday that Mr. Velshi, well-known for his coverage of the financial collapse, would anchor the 1 to 3 p.m. hours beginning Jan. 18.

That same day, Rick Sanchez’s 3 p.m. program will expand into the 4 p.m. hour and be renamed “Rick’s List,” in a previously announced change.

“My goal is to make topics more accessible” to viewers, Mr. Velshi said in a telephone interview Thursday afternoon.

Mr. Velshi’s mantra on CNN has been “breaking it down.”

“What I want to do is take what I’ve been doing in business news for the last two years and translate that to all of the other topics” CNN covers, he said. “Whatever the challening news stories of the day are, I’m going to try to use my specific tools and methods for telling the news to make everything a little more understandable and a little more accessible to the viewer.”

Kyra Phillips currently anchors from 1 to 3 p.m. The hours will remain named “CNN Newsroom” for now.

(Interesting to note that Kyra was in NY this morning. She appeared on the set of American Morning to discuss her report on the "Yoga Cult.")

And the official CNN PR release is here.

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Anonymous said...

NO ! Your $$$$$ is one of the worst shows.
He doesn't belong on the permanent anchor
shift. Anchoring is a gift. First Rick Sanchez
now this. Now I am turning on CNN.

Anonymous said...

That's right give Ali a new show. He's on talk radio and yells a lot so he's a perfect fit.....for FOX NEWS.

Anonymous said...

I am convinced that CNN is going into the yelling
anchor. This is suppose to help ?

Anonymous said...

As if CNN is not doing bad enough already.

Anonymous said...

Boring. This move makes certain that
Wolf will now be 4th at 5, possibly 5th
if people are not watching CNN earlier
in the day.

Anonymous said...

Abandon ship, CNN is the Titanic.

Anonymous said...

Is anyone really running CNN these days.
This is another bad decision. Why make
things worse. I have come to believe that
Klein has no idea how to run a major
cable news channel.

Anonymous said...

i have to say there are people at CNN who can
stop this by not letting it happen in the first
place.CNN is in trouble morning, day and night.
I think it is a huge mistake in the era of 2 female
anchors at the network level that a major cable
news network would get rid of women on the
dayshift.It is just no smart.