Looks like Paul Ryan’s selection as the presumptive GOP VP nominee has caused changes in more than just the Presidential race. CNN said today that they are going to change their Sunday programming schedule because the network wants to amp up its political coverage due to this latest twist in the White House race. State of the Union with Candy Crowley will now air live from 9–11 AM EST. The expanded political show will be followed by Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz, which stays in its regular slot, and then SOTU again at noon for an hour. That will be followed at 1 PM with a repeat of tonight’s 6 PM The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer. There was no word on how long this new schedule would be in place. Today’s changes to the Sunday lineup come one day after Fareed Zakaria GPS was pulled out of its regular Sunday 10 AM and 1 PM slots. The long running weekly show was pulled due to the host’s suspension for admitted plagiarism. Originally, the news network said yesterday that the changes would be broadcasts of Your Money With Ali Velshi would air in GPS’s 10 AM Sunday time slot and The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer will air in the show’s 1 PM slot.
It came to light Friday that Zakaria had used significant elements of an April New Yorker article by Harvard historian Jill Lepore for both an August TIME magazine column and a CNN blog post he did about gun control. Both organizations, both owned by Time Warner, suspended Zakaria. TIME’s suspension is to last a month, the magazine says. The duration of the CNN suspension has not been determined a network spokesperson told Deadline.