Burnett in, King’s “USA” out?

I was literally headed out the door for the airport when I saw this Page Six item…

Fans of money honey Erin Burnett will be able to catch the former CNBC anchor on CNN a few hours after the 4 p.m. closing bell. We hear that CNN development execs are creating a daily news show for her to air from New York at 7 p.m., a switch from business to breaking news. Burnett’s show launches in June and will replace “John King USA.” Burnett will also get the job of handing over to Eliot Spitzer at 8 p.m. CNN didn’t get back to us. Burnett spoke fondly of her beloved former CNBC colleague Mark Haines, who died on Monday, saying, “He made me feel important.”

Very Late Update: This statement from CNN arrived in my In Box after I had departed and I wasn’t in a position to make the update until today. Sorta moot now but I’m still including it because I tend to believe CNN’s reasoning behind why the story as Page Six laid out is false…they’re just starting to put together Burnett’s team…no way it could launch effectively in less than a month. Quick launches are not CNN’s M.O.

“We have no plans to make changes to John King, USA—the audience is up 68 percent this year vs. a year ago and we look forward to its continued progress as the program takes on an important role in our 2012 campaign coverage.”

“We do not have a time slot selected for Erin Burnett’s program and the show will begin development in a few weeks. We look forward to having a lineup that includes both John King and Erin Burnett as well as our many other talented CNN anchors come the fall.”

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25 Responses to “Burnett in, King’s “USA” out?”

  1. whitneymuse Says:

    All the more reason to setup a “control room” in home office setting. The bandwidth issue is the only minor impediment. The Motorola booster units scattered around my “bunker” is getting messy.
    Thank goodness for smaller electronics.

  2. ^Ehhhh!!!

    I like this move a lot: if it is true. I think it could provide real competition for Matthews repeat ‘Hardball’. King’s show was a disaster and I, for one, will be glad to see the end of that magic wall. Three questions remaining are what does CNN do with King and his staff who EP ‘s her new show and what is the format?

  3. BTW “money honey” is associated with Maria Bartiromo not Burnett. Whoever wrote the article obviously doesn’t watch much CNBC.

  4. JKUSA has gotten much better since it debuted. It used to have all of these cheesy segments but then it basically just became chats with “the best political team on television,” which has worked for them so well on primary and election nights. I was hoping the show would stay.

  5. CNN could move JKUSA up one hour and move Sit Room up as well. Not sure what that would do to the rest of the schedule but I could see CNN shuffling the schedule around a bit. Personally this Burnett show sounds like Campbell Brown 2.0.

  6. “Personally this Burnett show sounds like Campbell Brown 2.0.”

    ^ Only if you mean that both are shows on CNN that happen to be hosted by women; just like Piers Morgan is Eliot Spitzer 2.0. Otherwise not so much.

  7. Both are high profile women hired because CNN thought they would attract big ratings. That’s why this sounds like Campbell Brown 2.0.

    This kind of show might be more successful outside of prime time, but I still don’t think it will be any better than what CNN is putting on now. Unless the show gets the buzz of Rachel Maddow it won’t be that successful. The problem with the show won’t be that it is hosted by a women (Maddow and Greta prove that), but that it is from the same people that bring you compelling programing like JKUSA and Elliot Spitzer.

  8. Your argument would makes some sense if you were comparing Brown and Paula Zahn but not Burnett. Burnett is closer to Maddow than Brown, without the obvious liberal POV. The big difference is her business background and her sense of humor. I’ve watched a lot of Burnett over the past few years, including on MTP, and I think you will be surprised by her performance. I just hope they get her a good producer and keep her far away from ‘the best political team in television’.

  9. terance Says:

    IMO, the 2.0 references have to do with the way CNN has tended to ‘push’ people in the past. In other words, if they slap Burnett in a ‘cookie cutter’ CNN offering consisting of her introducing canned segments.. then yeah. Its going to flop.

    But, lets not forget Jautz is running things now. And he’s responsible for HLN’s escape from wheel programming and the successful (for them) prime time.

    So, I would hope CNN wouldn’t waste the money to hire Burnett and then set her up to fail.

  10. joeremi Says:

    Called it!

  11. Good points terance.

    It would have been interesting to see her on with Spitzer. After working with a dominate male like Mark Haines and some of the other testosterone heavy crowd over at CNBC; I think she would have held her own even with him.

  12. joeremi Says:

    Uh, Fritz, you might want to take another look at Spitzer’s “escort” before recommending “pretty young brunette” for his show..

  13. whitneymuse Says:

    O yuk, Haines had so much over Spitzer; the virginal Erin being sacrificed herein to the blog gods.

  14. wheresthebeef09 Says:

    CNN:

    “We have no plans to make changes to John King, USA—the audience is up 68 percent this year vs. a year ago and we look forward to its continued progress as the program takes on an important role in our 2012 campaign coverage … We do not have a time slot selected for Erin Burnett’s program and the show will begin development in a few weeks. We look forward to having a lineup that includes both John King and Erin Burnett as well as our many other talented CNN anchors come the fall.”

  15. whitneymuse Says:

    CNN, just stockpiling talent, then?
    After Campbell Brown they have the money to spend.

  16. “We have no plans to make changes to John King, USA”

    ^’We have no plans’- kiss of death. Say goodbye John and take your magic wall with you.

  17. joeremi Says:

    “I have no plans to run for President..”

  18. PPP did a poll recently that, aside from the usual political stuff, asked some questions about the Rapture.

    Here are a few highlights:
    1) Did you believe the Rapture would occur last Saturday? yes -2%, no-98% (by my count that’s well over 6 million Americans believed this story)
    2) Do you believe the Rapture will occur in your lifetime? yes-11%, no 66%, not sure-2%
    3) If the Rapture occurs do you think you will go to Heaven? yes-66%, no-11%, not sure-21%

    Make of this what you will.

  19. joeremi Says:

    It’s in the wrong thread, Fritz, but what I make of it is that there’s a lot of Christians in this country, and a lot of them believe in Revelations’ version of the end times. That’s not exactly news.

  20. ^Your right I should have put in Blogus… Sorry.

    Yeah I can see that but this was done post Saturday so these folks no only believe it was going to happen but were willing to admit it after it didn’t happen.

    I wonder how many more were too embarrassed to admit they thought it would occur on Saturday. It’s probably closer to the 11% that think it could still happen.

    But then Muslims believe in the whole virgins and martyrdom thing, and don’t get me started on Hindus.

  21. ^no > not

  22. joeremi Says:

    I’m a little startled by the number who voted for Sat., but not all at the “eventually” crowd. When you look at the fact that society doesn’t seem to renew periodically, but continues a slow progression towards laxer societal mores, increased population, increased disease, more wars and violence, and an overload of technology..it’s not hard to imagine that it has a finite shelf life.

    Your thought for the day, better left here, or picked up on another thread.

  23. Campbell Brown was a bigger star before joining CNN. She was nearly Katie Couric’s replacement on Today.

    But with Jautz running things now, CNN won’t make the same mistake a fourth time.

    As for the denials, I have a feeling that CNN will be shuffling the schedule around so John King will keep his show but Burnett will get a good spot in the lineup too.

  24. My understanding was Burnett was supposed to get a Dayside slot so this news is a bit surprising.

    Because this is Jautz’s first big hire (I think, and if you don’t count the In the Arena changes) Burnett’s slot and her shows format should give us a good idea of where he wants to take CNN.

  25. terance Says:

    Just out of curiosity.. When is Spitzers’ contract up? Maybe Erin’s going to replace him with a ‘Jautz’ inspired program?

    On second thought, they wouldn’t get rid of Morgan and keep Spitzer? IMO, that’d be nuts unless Piers’ has a tramp fetish too!

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