CNN Wednesday made official what has been rumored for weeks that it has tapped journalist Kathleen Parker and former New York governor Eliot Spitzer to co-host a nightly roundtable discussion program.
The series, which will debut this Fall at 8 p.m., will replace will replace the one-hour news show currently hosted by Campbell Brown, who recently stepped down due to the show's poor ratings.
Spitzer, the former New York governor who resigned in 2008 amid a prostitution scandal, and Parker, an conservative commentator who was awarded the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary, will host a "dynamic exchange of opinions and analyses - their own, and those of their guests and regular contributors - on the most important, compelling and amusing stories of the day," according to CNN officials.
The show will go up against Fox News's ratings powerhouse The
"Other cable news channels force-feed viewers one narrow, predictable point of view; in contrast, CNN will be offering a lively roundup of all the best ideas - presented by two of the most intelligent and outspoken figures in the country," said Jon Klein, president of CNN/U.S in a statement. "Eliot and Kathleen are beholden to no vested interest - in fact, quite the opposite: they are renowned for taking on the most powerful targets and most important causes."
CNN is hoping the show will help boost its struggling ratings fortunes. The network's first quarter 2010 prime time ratings were down 33% to 657,000, below both Fox News and CNBC.