CNN has made the changes to its morning lineup official, announcing Thursday that Soledad O'Brien would return to hosting the network's mornings along with tapping Ashleigh Banfield and Zoraida Sambolin for the earlier hours.
As previously reported, O'Brien will host from 7 am -9 a.m., where she previously hosted CNN's American Morning from 2003-07, while Banfield, an ABC News correspondent, and Sambolin, most recently a local news anchor in Chicago, have been tapped to host the 5-7 a.m. hours.
The as-yet-untitled programs, which effectively dismantle American Morning, will be launched sometime in 2012. CNN has hired Shannon High from NBC's Peacock Productions to be executive producer of both programs.
This anchor shakeup is the latest in a long line of changes to American Morning in the last year. After co-anchor John Roberts left the network to join Fox News in January, CNN chief business correspondent Ali Velshi started filling in alongside co-host Kiran Chetry. When Chetry left in July, Christine Romans and Carol Costello joined Velshi on the program.