ABC’s Chris Cuomo in at CNN; James Carville, Mary Matalin and Mark Whitaker out

By Daniel S Levine,

CNN has experienced a flurry of changes today, all under the leadership of new head Jeff Zucker, who has only held his position for a week. Chris Cuomo, formerly of ABC’s 20/20, joined the network, while several key figures have moved on. Erin Burnett also has a new job, being paired with Cuomo.

A day after Cuomo was first linked to CNN, the network confirmed that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s brother will be joining. Most recently, Cuomo co-anchored 20/20 after reporting on Good Morning America.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to do what I value the most and hopefully to do the work that I do best,” Cumo said in a statement. “While it’s very difficult to leave ABC News, a place filled with people I have loved working with for many years, I am excited about my future with CNN.”

Deadline just reported that Cuomo will co-host a new morning show with Burnett, whose primetime show has been earning low ratings. There’s still no word on who will replace her.

There were some key exits today as well. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that managing editor Mark Whitaker and husband-and-wife pundits James Carville and Mary Matalin are out.

Whitaker had been with the network for just two years after leaving NBC News. Carville and Matalin have been appearing on CNN for decades as Democratic and Republican pundits respectively.



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