Ashleigh Banfield ended today’s edition of CNN’s Legal View telling viewers she is ending her run as host of the noon ET program on August 23. She explained she is going to host a primetime show on HLN that will be a “unique brand of social and legal issues oriented program.”
“It is really tough to tell you I am going to be leaving,” said Banfield, who has been with CNN since 2011. But she cast the move as “joining my friends” who have been shifted over to HLN as that network undergoes yet another re-branding.
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 last month, with the three dayside stars of its next branding scheme: Robin Meade, 6-10 AM, former CNN New Day 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.
CNN EVP Ken Jautz, added some details in a memo:
“Ashleigh’s new show will air live, M-Thu, 8–9 PM ET, and will premiere on Monday, October 17. She will bring her legal experience and views to HLN prime, tackling the day’s most pressing social and legal issues mixed with her own passionate point of view and spirited conversation. Ashleigh and her distinct journalistic style is the perfect fit as we continue to refocus on our news roots and increase our live hours of programming.”