CNN announced a revamp of its morning program with Don Lemon shifting out of prime time to become a co-anchor.
Lemon will be joined by Poppy Harlow and Kaitlan Collins on the new show that will have a new name — replacing the current “New Day” later this year.
“There is no stronger combination of talent than Don, Poppy and Kaitlan to deliver on our promise of a game-changing morning news program,” said CNN Chairman Chris Licht in announcing the new anchor plans. “They are each uniquely intelligent, reliable and compelling; together they have a rare and palpable chemistry.”
The new team will replace current anchors John Berman and Brianna Keilar, who will continue to handle “New Day” until the new program premieres. Both will assume new roles at the network this year.
Licht, who took over CNN in April, said revamping the morning show is a priority for him. He has experience in the time period, having developed “Morning Joe” for MSNBC, the influential Beltway program with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, and “CBS This Morning” while at CBS.
Lemon has been a prime-time host for the last eight years on “Don Lemon Tonight” and is one of CNN’s most recognizable personalities.