NEW YORK — CNN is making significant changes to its lineup, as it announced Monday that Abby Phillip and Laura Coates will have new weeknight shows. Additionally, new weekend programs will be launched with Christiane Amanpour and Chris Wallace.
The network is implementing these changes in response to ratings challenges caused by the growing number of people cutting the cord on cable television. The swift changes were made by CNN’s new leadership team of Amy Entelis, David Leavy, Virginia Moseley, and Eric Sherling, who replaced former CNN chief executive Chris Licht.
Under the plans, Phillip, a political correspondent, and Coates, a CNN legal analyst, will host back-to-back weeknight shows starting at 10 p.m. Eastern. With Kaitlan Collins at 9 p.m. and Erin Burnett at 7 p.m., CNN’s evening schedule will now be mostly led by women, with the exception of Anderson Cooper’s hour at 8 p.m.
Wallace and Amanpour will both host live hours on Saturday morning. Wallace will focus on more topical content, as he has faced challenges in attracting an audience for his weekend interview show since moving from Fox News.
Leading up to the 2024 campaign, political correspondent Kasie Hunt will host “Early Start” at 5 a.m. on weekdays. Phil Mattingly will be a new co-host with Poppy Harlow on the three-hour “CNN This Morning” show.
CNN also announced a limited-run series called “King Charles,” which will air on Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. Eastern, and feature Gayle King and Charles Barkley.
Pamela Brown, Victor Blackwell, Manu Raju, and Alisyn Camerota will also have new roles on the network.