CNN Names Soledad O'Brien's Morning Show

The Huffington Post is reporting that CNN has announced the names of its new morning shows. The 5-to-7 a.m. show will be called Early Start. Soledad O'Brien's 7-to-9 a.m. program will be titled Starting Point:

CNN will debut its new morning show led by host Soledad O'Brien on January 2, 2012. The network made the announcement on Wednesday.

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CNN announced in November that it had decided to dismantle its current morning show "American Morning," and divide the program into two separate shows: one from 5-7 a.m. and the other from 7-9 a.m.

Former MSNBC anchor Ashleigh Banfield was announced as co-host of the 5-7 a.m. program, along with former local Chicago newscaster, Zoraida Sambolin.

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Former "American Morning" anchor Soledad O'Brien (she co-hosted from 2003-2007) was recruited back to mornings at CNN, where she will host the 7-9 a.m. show. The program will be, in CNN's words, a "conversational ensemble" show, with O'Brien at the center. 

We welcome Soledad O'Brien back to CNN mornings. She will add a strong and important voice to a critical time slot.

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