‘New Day’ Dawning for CNN as Network Sets New Morning Show

by | April 30, 2013 at 9:35 AM | CNN, TV News

Chris Cuomo and Kate Bolduan will co-host CNN's new morning show (Photo: CNN)

It’s the dawn of a “New Day” at CNN as the cable news channel announces a new morning show set to debut later this spring.

CNN made the announcement Tuesday morning: Its new, three-hour morning show will be called “New Day.” It will air from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. weekdays (5-8c), originating from New York. It will debut June 10.

“New Day” will be co-hosted by Chris Cuomo and Kate Bolduan. The news anchor will be Michaela Pereira. Cuomo’s the known quantity here — he’s the former ABC newsman who CNN grabbed earlier this year. Cuomo is also the brother of the current governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, and the son of a former governor, Mario Cuomo.

Bolduan is described by CNN as a former co-anchor of “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” Pereira is the co-host of a local morning show in Los Angeles — “KTLA Morning News.” She’s now getting a shot at national TV stardom.

Of course, whether she achieves that stardom depends on how “New Day” does in the ratings. The show is part of an ongoing effort at the ratings-challenged news channel to revamp and improve its programming lineup — primarily in mornings and prime time.

The effort is being spearheaded by new CEO Jeff Zucker, who came on board earlier this year. He once ran NBC Universal, but before that, he was the producer of NBC’s “Today” show in its glory years with Katie Couric. With that track record on the line, the creation and launch of this new morning show on CNN is of particular importance to Zucker, who has a reputation to maintain as a master of morning television.