Little more than two years after HLN announced it would rebrand to become “the first TV network for the social media generation,” vowing to “redefine TV news and information, driven by what’s trending, being shared and going viral across all screens,” HLN came to TCA with the three stars of its dayside schedule: trotted out the stars of its next branding scheme: Robin Meade, 6-10 AM, former CNN morning host Michaela Pereira, who debuted on July 11 her eponymous 10 AM-1 PM show, and Erika Hill who will rejoin the network she’d previously joined during one of its earlier re-brands, hosting 1-3 PM in the fall.
This time, HLN is being branded as the more fast paced, higher story count member of the CNN family. It includes more regional news than does CNN, and more sports, and weather and entertainment, and pretty much everything, while CNN has become a network that gloms
on to a story and hangs on for dear life – the election cycle these days.
But TV critics wanted to talk about Gretchen Carlson, what with all three hosts being female and, as one critic noted, Meade, like Carlson being a former Miss America and a musician.
Meade made clear she had not experienced sexual harassment Carlson has alleged she suffered at the hands of now ousted Fox News chief Roger Ailes, calling it “eye opening.”
Pereira said it “took courage to do what she did” and commended Carlson for having the chutzpah to speak up, while also noting she had no such similar experience herself.
Hill likewise said she never had been subjected to sexual harassment, and never witnesses it.