CNN confirmed the long-awaited announcement that British TV personality and America's Got Talent judge Piers Morgan will take over the 9 p.m. slot on the network beginning in January.
Morgan's show will be based in New York, but he will also work from Los Angeles, where Talent is shot and London.
Morgan replaces Larry King, who announced earlier this year that he would step down this November after 25 years on CNN. CNN's new 8 p.m. program, Parker/Spitzer, co-hosted by disgraced former New York governor Eliot Spitzer and conservative columnist Kathleen Parker, bows Oct. 4. CNN has struggled in primetime amid opinionated competition on MSNBC and Fox News. And Klein has a lot riding on his new programs.
Morgan has had a long career in journalism, much of it in the tabloid realm. He began his career as a reporter for The Wimbledon News and then as a columnist at The Sun. In 1994, he was appointed editor of Rupert Murdoch's British scandal sheet News of the World. He was 28 at the time and the youngest editor in the newspaper's history.