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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Chris Cuomo & Kate Bolduan Host New Morning Show

Chris Cuomo and Kate Bolduan to Host CNN’s New Morning Show

Michaela Pereira Joins as News Anchor

Jim Murphy to Oversee as Senior Executive Producer; Matt Frucci Named Executive Producer

CNN announced today that Chris Cuomo and Kate Bolduan will co-host the network’s new morning show, which will premiere this spring. Michaela Pereira will join CNN from KTLA Morning News in Los Angeles, as the program's news anchor. News executive Jim Murphy will oversee the program as senior executive producer, and Matt Frucci will serve as executive producer. The show will be broadcast from CNN’s New York City studios.

“I've been looking forward to this announcement since I first joined CNN," said President of CNN Worldwide Jeff Zucker. “Chris, Kate and Michaela are a dynamic team that will give our viewers in America a new way to start their day. We were floored with excitement when we saw Chris and Kate together on screen, and by adding Michaela to the mix we feel we have something very special. We believe there is an opening to do news in the morning with a fresh, new voice."

Cuomo joined CNN in January from ABC, where his roles ranged from 20/20 co-anchor, ABC News chief law and justice correspondent and Good Morning America news anchor.  In the first two months at CNN, he has led CNN's breaking news coverage from the papal conclave in Rome to the State of the Union address in Washington.  Bolduan joined CNN in 2007, and is co-anchor of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.  Bolduan also serves as one of the network's Congressional correspondents. Pereira comes from the top-rated and award-winning KTLA Morning News.

“This has been a rare pleasure for me,” Cuomo said. “Meeting Kate and Michaela on screen and off, I knew right away that this is my TV family.”

“It is a huge opportunity to work on this new show,” said Bolduan. “Knowing that we have the resources of some of the most experienced executives in the business, the backing of a brand like CNN, and to be able to sit alongside such great people as Chris and Michaela - I can't think of a better combination."

“I couldn't be more excited to join the CNN family and have the opportunity to be part of a brand new morning team,” Pereira said. “As a veteran of morning television being part of this new endeavor is a dream come true.”

Murphy joined CNN to oversee all morning programming for the network. Frucci will lead the daily direction of the morning show with Cuomo, Bolduan and Pereira.

“We have an all-star team in place,” said Murphy. “I love morning television, and this is a unique opportunity to create something entirely original.  The opportunities are limitless - and that is exactly how we will approach the broadcast."

Since February, Cuomo has led breaking news and special event coverage for CNN during the papal resignation and conclave, the manhunt for Christopher Dorner, the 2013 Presidential Inauguration and the 2013 State of the Union address. In addition, he has interviewed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Cardinal Timothy Dolan. Prior to joining CNN, Cuomo was co-anchor of the Emmy Award-winning ABC News newsmagazine 20/20 and chief law and justice correspondent for ABC News. From September 2006 until December 2009, Cuomo was the news anchor for Good Morning America, and covered every major story at home and abroad during that time. He has been honored with numerous industry accolades for his investigative reporting including multiple Emmy nominations and awards, a Polk, Peabody Awards, two Edward R. Murrows, a Loeb and the American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award.

Bolduan has co-anchored The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer since last year and contributed to America’s Choice 2012. She also serves as one of CNN’s congressional correspondents, covering the activities of the U.S. House and Senate. As a member of the Capitol Hill unit, Bolduan reported on the negotiations to increase the federal debt limit and the super committee deliberations. Prior to this role, Bolduan was a general assignment correspondent.  She joined CNN in 2007 as a national correspondent for CNN Newsource, providing breaking news coverage and feature reports for more than 800 CNN Newsource affiliates. Before joining CNN, Bolduan was a general assignment reporter for WTVD-TV in Raleigh, N.C.

For nine years, Pereira has been the co-host of KTLA Morning News, Los Angeles’ number one rated morning newscast. During this time, this program has won ten Emmy Awards for “Best Regularly Scheduled Daily News” and three for KTLA’s live coverage of the Rose Parade. In addition, Pereira has been awarded with three Radio & TV News Association Golden Mike Awards: in 2006 for live coverage of a news story, “Urban Farm Eviction,” and the Best Daytime News Broadcast in both 2004 and 2006. She was also honored with two Mark Twain Awards in 2004: “Best Live Coverage of a News Event, Hostage Standoff Mexican Consulate,” and the “Best 60 Minute Broadcast: KTLA Morning News.” Prior to KTLA, she hosted programs for TechTV, ZDTV and Canada's CHEK-TV.

Senior Executive Producer Murphy returns to morning TV after more than nine years of leading top national morning television programs. He served as senior executive producer of Good Morning America on ABC (2006-2011). At CBS News, he served as executive producer of the CBS Evening News (2000-2006) and as the executive producer of CBS This Morning (1994-1997). Prior he worked on local TV news programs in New York as the producer of the main newscasts at both WCBS-TV and WABC-TV. In syndicated entertainment programming, he was the supervising producer and director of Siskel & Ebert (1988-1993) and an executive producer at Anderson, the daily talk show (2011-2012). He has been awarded ten News and Documentary Emmys for his work at CBS and ABC.

Matt Frucci joined CNN in October 2012 as the executive producer of program development.  In that role he helped develop and launch new shows for CNN, including The Lead with Jake Tapper.  Prior to joining CNN, he spent nearly 12 years at ABC News.  Most recently he was the senior broadcast producer in charge of the weekend edition of Good Morning America.

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Anonymous said...

Well thankfully its not Burnett. Good for Kate!! I am looking forward to this show!

Anonymous said...

Chris Cuomo is no match for Morning Joe and his team on MSNBC, no match what so ever, but I wish him luck.
And Kate is not perky enough for the morning.
CNN must realize that no matter what, Robin Roberts is going to win
on broadcast.
There is no reason to watch cable and if there is, it is Morning Joe.
He is different, he is refreshing, and he is brash, just like Jon Stewart.

Anonymous said...

I hope the show is a smashing success just so Erin looks like a real idiot for being such a snob about taking the gig. OutFront is on the chopping block anyway - its just a matter of time. Clearly Zucker doesn't think it is worth saving or he never would have been so willing to yank the show to put Erin in the morning. That was killing to birds with one stone!

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 11:52pm, I used to be a big fan of Morning Joe, watched everyday but he has gotten way out of control. He can't go 30 minutes without talking about how right he is about everything. He has become a real jackass. If CNN could come up with something decent, they could pull away viewers in a hurry. People don't like to be insulted.

Anonymous said...

To be quite frank, I don't like the woman, but Erin Burnett should have been told to do the morning show and not asked.
Who's the boss Jeff Zucker?
I say this because in time, I think she is perkier, if possible than Kate. But we shall see.
Morning people need to rise and shine brightly and they need that special personality like Kelly Ripa.
It looks easy, but it isn't.
And speaking of perky, the NYPost is reporting that Barbara Walters will be retiring sometime in 014.
That is when her contract expires.
I believe it is for health reasons,
but that is my own personal opinion.
It goes on to say that ABC owns half of 'The View' and it is not syndicated.
Barbara wanted Oprah's 4PM spot so
The View could go into syndication and ABC refused.
Interesting. Ms Walters lost a reported fortune in the upset and supposedly still carries a grudge.
Well, she has reason.

Anonymous said...

I'm another loyal Morning Joe fan, also faithfully watched Scarborough Country, who is anxiously waiting for the start of this new show.

I like Scarborough, but he does think he's right about everything. He talks over everyone and can be obnoxious. But my biggest problem with MJ is and always has been Mika. She certainly is not perky. I get tired of her rants about sugar and healthy eating and then tune in on occasion and see her scarfing down a donut and moaning over it. I know, everyone can have a treat, but when you're so vocal about how poisonous it is, doing it off air would be your best bet. Her constant highly visible coordinating the show really gets to me. Many others manage to have relatively intelligent people sitting around a table and not have to be called out by their first AND last names to know they are supposed to speak next. This is totally irritating to me. Is this just me?

I enjoy Kate on TSR and I've always liked Chris. My main reason for tuning into MJ is politics. If K&C handle political seasons well, they will be a hit with me.

Anonymous said...

@10:32am I agree, Mika is also annoying. Both her and Joe have become unbearable - they both think they are just the greatest thing since sliced bread. I love the politics talk and they get great guests but if CNN can come close, I will give up MJ in a second. I watched from the very beginning but MJ isn't the same show anymore. Mika and Joe are two sanctimonious jerks who think they know everything.