CNN finally has its morning team, with congressional correspondent Kate Bolduan joining Chris Cuomo in the early hours. KTLA Los Angeles morning show anchor Michaela Pereira will serve as news anchor for the yet-unnamed New York-based show. “I’ve been looking forward to this announcement since I first joined CNN”, said CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker in a statement this morning. “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”. No official launch date was given, though the show is set to premiere sometime in the spring.
Bolduan’s selection as the female host comes as a surprise as Erin Burnett, who currently hosts the primetime Out Front on the network, had been tipped earlier for the spot. Matt Frucci is the executive producer and Jim Murphy will serve as senior producer of the new show. Former 20/20 co-host Cuomo made the long-rumored jump to CNN in late January just days after Zucker officially took over at the ratings-challenged cable news network. The former Today boss has made it clear that one of his first priorities at CNN would be rebuilding and rebranding of the morning show.