Soledad O’Brien is apparently returning to morning anchor duty at CNN. The news network, which earlier this year revamped its afternoon and evening programming schedule, is planning to do the same for its morning show.
According to the New York Times, CNN will be announcing this week that Soledad will start anchoring from 7 to 9 a.m. weekdays, dismantling “American Morning.”
During its 10 years on CNN’s air, the show has had about 10 co-anchors, including Soledad, who co-anchored between 2003 and 2006.
After being taken off the show, she stayed with CNN producing and hosting documentaries, including “Black in America” and “Latino in America.”
Sources tell the NYT that Zoraida Sambolín, who announced she was leaving her weekday morning anchor job at Chicago’s WMAQ for CNN in mid-October, would be co-anchoring the 5-7 am time slot with Ashley Banfield.
Zoraida had been with the NBC station for 9 years. She was also a special reporter and fill-in anchor for Telemundo Chicago.
Update 11/4/11: CNN makes lineup official. Soledad will anchor 7-9 am. Zoraida will co-anchor from 5-7 am with Ashley Banfield. “American Morning” will be dismantled and the new shows will be launched in 2012.