Krakauer went on to say "A source with knowledge of the situation tells Mediaite Brown made the request months ago -- and before all the 'how to fix CNN' articles began rolling out. We hear she originally lobbied for the 7pmET opening, with the thinking the show would work better at an earlier hour (and without the Bill O'Reilly/Keith Olbermann competition). The plan was denied by CNN, she asked for her release."
A CNN spokesperson would not confirm the report and told TVNewser, "A lot has been written and said about CNN lately. We don't comment on speculation."
The NYTimes' Brian Stelter confirmed the news with an unnamed source.
Brown joined CNN in 2007 after 11 years at NBC News. At the time, Brown told TVNewser, "What I am doing carries risk, but I wanted the challenge."