Erica Hill is rejoining HLN to anchor a New York-based daily daytime news program as that network returns to its “news roots.” Hill, whose HLN show will launch in the fall, also will have a role on CNN. Hill was part of the HLN on-air lineup when it transitioned from Headline News to HLN in 2005.
Hill most recently had been with NBC News which she joined in 2012, as weekend Today co-anchor, while also contributing to NBC Nightly News and MSNBC.
“Erica was a catalyst during our evolution from Headline News to HLN, and now, as we return to our news roots, she’s the obvious addition to our first-class on-air team,” Ken Jautz, EVP, CNN, said in today’s announcement.
Last November, CNN Worldwide chief Jeff Zucker announced his new plan to goose HLN’s ratings by “driving [the network’s] programming during the daytime and overnight hours closer to CNN’s.” HLN chief Albie Hecht departed; he’s been hired in fall of ’13 to transform the network. In early ’14 Hecht said he was turning it into “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.”
Before joining NBC News, Hill was an anchor at CBS News, primarily with The Early Show. Before joining CNN and HLN in 2003, she was news anchor and reporter at the former cable network TechTV.