Thursday, April 05, 2007

And Now it is official, The O'Brians out

I seriously hate this! Soledad is probably one of the best reporters CNN US has. I hope they don't shove her. We all know the SIU are just recycled specials. CNN have officially become a follower not a trailblazer. Let's see what else Klein gets out of his butt... at least he didn't put Kiran to co-anchor Anderson Cooper 360.

the press release from CNN

CNN Names Kiran Chetry, John Roberts as Anchors of American Morning

Soledad O’Brien, Miles O’Brien Remain with Network as Special Correspondents

Kiran Chetry and John Roberts will debut as the new co-anchors of CNN's flagship morning program American Morning on Monday, April 16, it was announced today by Jon Klein, president of CNN/U.S. Soledad O’Brien and Miles O’Brien will remain at the network as featured special correspondents. American Morning airs on CNN/U.S. each weekday from 6 a.m. to 9 am (ET).

An award-winning veteran journalist, Roberts joined CNN in February 2006 after 14 years with CBS News as chief White House correspondent, chief medical correspondent and anchor of the Sunday edition of the CBS Evening News. Roberts has been serving as CNN's senior national correspondent, reporting extensively for CNN on politics as well as from the front lines in Iraq and last summer’s Middle East conflict, for which he recently won a prestigious National Headliner award.

Roberts reported from Baghdad and anchored the acclaimed CNN: Special Investigations Unit documentary, “Death Squads,” which examined the sectarian violence plaguing Iraq. Roberts anchors CNN’s This Week at War, the only weekly program focusing on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and America’s confrontations around the globe. He is also a main substitute on CNN programs including American Morning, Anderson Cooper 360º and Paula Zahn Now.

Chetry joined CNN in February and immediately began anchoring various CNN programs including American Morning, Anderson Cooper 360º, Paula Zahn Now and CNN Newsroom. Previously, Chetry was the anchor of Fox & Friends First and Fox & Friends Weekend for the Fox News Channel. She has covered major breaking news stories including reports from the field during the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Columbia Space Shuttle disaster, the invasion of Baghdad and Hurricane Katrina.

Chetry began her journalism career at News 21 in Rockville, Md., in 1995 before moving to WICU-TV in Erie, Penn., to become an anchor and health reporter. She then served as a morning anchor and reporter for KXTV in Sacramento, Calif., before joining Fox News in 2001. Chetry received her bachelor of arts in broadcast journalism from the University of Maryland.

“I’ve admired John’s journalistic chops since we worked together at CBS more than a decade ago, and it’s not surprising that he’s now recognized as one of the premier broadcasters in the business,” Klein said. “As for Kiran, we’ve watched her light up the screen for years, and we are thrilled that she was able to join our team. She’s a breath of fresh air and a delight to work with, and it’s no wonder she’s already been embraced by CNN viewers.”

Soledad O'Brien will become anchor and special correspondent for CNN: Special Investigations Unit, reporting hour-long documentaries throughout the year and filing in-depth series on the most important ongoing and breaking news stories for all major CNN programs.

O’Brien has co-anchored CNN’s flagship morning program, American Morning, since she joined the network in July 2003 and distinguished herself by reporting from the scene on the transformational stories that broke on her watch. Her efforts following Hurricane Katrina and the tsunami in Phuket, Thailand, have earned her numerous awards and critical acclaim, further establishing her as a television journalist of the first rank. Earlier this year, the NAACP honored her with its President’s Award in recognition of her humanitarian efforts and journalistic excellence.

In recent months, O’Brien served as CNN’s point person for President George W. Bush’s visit to Mexico, delivering a series of eye-opening reports on conditions south of the border that fuel illegal immigration to the United States. She also anchored and reported a highly acclaimed CNN: Special Investigations Unit documentary featuring a never-before-seen look at Martin Luther King Jr.’s private writings, notes and teachings, which represent the foundation of King’s life’s work as a preacher and human rights activist; and her ongoing initiative entitled “Children of the Storm,” which provides video cameras to young Hurricane Katrina survivors so that they can tell their stories of trial and triumph in their own words and images.

“We are thrilled to be able to match Soledad’s passion and reporting instincts with our desire to create more long-form, investigative journalism,” Klein said. “She is the perfect person to lead our national coverage of major news stories and provide in-depth investigative reports that are the hallmark of CNN.”

Miles O’Brien becomes CNN’s chief technology and environment correspondent. O’Brien began anchoring American Morning in June 2005 and has served as the network’s space and aviation correspondent. Previously, he co-anchored the weekday newscast Live From with Kyra Phillips and anchored various other newscasts for CNN and Headline News.

Most notably, Miles has covered the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina with live reports across the region and in February 2003, O'Brien led CNN's coverage of the Columbia Space Shuttle tragedy, offering viewers exclusive information and uniquely insightful context based on his years of professional experience with and study of NASA and space exploration.

“As viewers’ concern about the environment and fascination with technology grows, there is no better guide than Miles O’Brien to separate fact from fantasy,” Klein said. “He lives and breathes this stuff and is able to explain these pressing subjects in a way that captivates and informs Americans at a critical moment in our history.”

American Morning, providing the most news in the morning on television, broadcasts weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. (ET) on CNN/U.S. Ed Litvak is the show’s executive producer.

14 comentarios:

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Anonymous said...

Sad yet so true, Sharla. JK used to be a low maintenance, objective and cool guy at Brown. Never in a million years would I have guessed he would become the obnoxious and often crazed, maniacal head of a news network.

Suzanne said...

Looked like from the press release that Soledad would be doing breaking news for ALL major news shows on CNN - I'm wondering if that includes AC360 (Anderson has said so many times how much he enjoys doing the breaking news segments) and Wolf Blitzer's show.

Like everyone else just glad they left AC360 alone although will hate that John Roberts isn't on it anymore - he is a good sub for least better than a lot of others, including Chetry!

ivy said...

Replacing Soledad with Chetry - what a move. I'm afraid to think what other brilliant calculations Klein is busy making right now.

I hope they'll find a better thing for Miles then just a technology correspondent, he's better then that. Soledad is a good reporter so her becoming one full-time might actually benefit CNN if they will really use her full potential. Does this press release mean she'll start hosting 360 specials instead of AC? Maybe she'll start subbing for 360. I don't mind at all. Unless they'll start hiding her citing woking on long-form documentaries.

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Suzanne said...

Or maybe that is Klein's opinion of her....after all, they just hired her, they would lose serious face to admit they made a mistake this early in the game.

I read the press release to mean that Soledad would do the Special Investigations stuff on the weekends (not AC360 specials) for that series they just started. After all so far its just been a bunch of reruns. The part that worried me was they also said she would be doing breaking news - now that might cut into AC360 turf depending on her hours. That would be a shame for Anderson since he has said many times that is what he likes doing best as anchor.

I thought the corporate America I worked in was sharky - I feel for these people working at CNN, especially Anderson.

courtney01 said...

For the longest time, I had no idea what all of you were talking about when you spoke harshly of Ms. Chetry, simply because I'd quit watching 360.

I've been a regular watcher of American Morning for quite some time now--it's a good thing to watch (or listen to) while I'm getting ready for work and I had grown to like "the O'Brien twins" a great deal (it was Miles who had to grow on me; I already enjoyed watching Soledad from her stint on the weekend Today show).

The past few days, however, schooled me. Oh, wow. To put it mildly, I do not care for Ms. Chetry and her "style" at all. In fact, she comes across as snide, arrogant (all that time at Fox, I guess) and she is a terrible interviewer.

I can't believe she's taking over the morning show. I can deal with John Roberts; he doesn't bother me at all. But not her. Guess I won't be watching American Morning anymore.

Anonymous said...

@Courtney01: So why did you stop watching AC360?

courtney01 said...

To be honest, I'd lost focus in my "real" life. I'd quit doing other things I enjoy in favor of watching news shows and about the middle of January I realised I needed to take a break.

And it didn't hurt that my favorite show (Lost) moved to 9pm CDT...

Overall, I feel the news isn't "news" anymore. It's celebrity gossip and glossy, overproduced soundbites.

Anonymous said...

@Courtney01: Life is too short so enjoy it why you can! I was the complete so absorbed into my work and career, that I never watched the news nor cared about what was happening in the world. These past few years, I am trying to focus less on my work (cuz I was a workaholic) and more on world events which is basically how I got hooked into watching AC360. However, I agree that the "news" (at least cable news) is more tabloidy now and I believe that is because of the ratings game, IMO.

courtney01 said...

Do you watch any other CNN shows besides 360?

Can I ask what your career is? If you'd rather not say, I understand. :-)

Has it been difficult for you to curb your "workaholic" tendencies?

Anonymous said...

@Courtney01: Yes, I watch other CNN shows when I can. Like you, I watch American Morning as I'm getting ready for work. Sometimes I watch Paula Zahn and Situation Room during dinner. However, it's AC360 that I watch pretty much every night. That is usually when I'm available to watch TV, however, I do go online to get the news also.

As far as a career, I work at a global company and am in management so there is a lot of stress and about a year ago I felt like I was burnning out working 12 hour days plus weekends. I finally went to my boss and expressed my concern. I was fortunate to have a great boss who cares about his people and he allowed me to reorganize my organization and obtain an additional resource which has given me the opportunity to train/mentor that person to do alot of the day-to-day work rather than me doing it and working such obnoxious hours.

As far as curbing workaholic tendancies, I think it's a part of my personality so I will always have to be aware of it. One thing that helped me is to actually get involved in other activities outside my work. I'm also socializing more because in the past, I kind of blew off my friends and family because of work which really isn't good and I have actually lost friends because of being so focused on work. I also made my own personal goal to NOT work weekends and to NOT be such a "perfectionist" with my work. Sometimes you don't need to know everything, just enough to be dangerous.

Thanks for asking....

courtney01 said...

You're welcome. I'm glad you didn't think I was being nosy. Sometimes I ask questions that might be considered none of my business, but I can't help it. I'm curious by nature, I guess.

Anyway, you are lucky to have such a caring boss. He sounds like the kind of person who should be in charge--someone who actually cares about his employees. Too many bosses don't.

I've never worked in management and usually complain about them, so thanks for giving me something to think about from that side of the office, so to speak.

Perfectionism is something I understand well. It's not easy to let go of control, especially in the work environment, but I guess we're all better off emotionally if we do so. I hope you continue to be able to balance work and other aspects of your life successfully.

Anonymous said...

@Courtney01: Don't think you are nosy at all. I used to complain about "management" too and it's a whole different perspective for me now! As far as the work/life balance goes, keep in mind that if you enjoy the news, you should continue to enjoy it...just don't go overboard...that's the balance part. It was nice chatting with ya!


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