CNN taps Jake Tapper for prime-time slot test amid network shakeup


CNN is temporarily moving Jake Tapper to prime time ahead of the midterm elections, marking the latest shuffle at the cable giant as its new chief seeks to reorient its news operations.

Tapper will helm the 9 p.m. slot from Oct. 10 to Nov. 11, briefly filling a hole left in the 9 p.m. programming hour that had been left by the firing of Chris Cuomo last year. News of his transient elevation is accompanied by an announcement of a slew of other shake-ups that the network is planning.

“The world has come to rely on Jake’s no-nonsense approach to covering the news, especially during high-stakes election cycles,” CEO Chris Licht said, per CNN.

Anchors John Berman and Brianna Keilar will each substitute for Tapper on The Lead from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET, and The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer will expand an hour, stretching from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., according to CNN.

In addition to Tapper jumping into prime time, Alisyn Camerota, who co-anchors CNN Newsroom, and senior legal analyst Laura Coates will anchor the 10 p.m. slot in the run-up to the midterm elections, the network announced.

“This move will showcase his tough reporting, smart analysis, and consequential interviews as our audiences navigate the myriad of issues at stake in the midterms," Licht said. "By adding the insights, experience, and strong voices of Alisyn and Laura, we will advance and expand on that coverage, creating something complimentary and compelling in primetime."... (Read more)

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