CNN Anchor Ashleigh Banfield Lands HLN Primetime Gig

Journalist has been with Turner news network since 2012

Ashleigh Banfield

Ashleigh Banfield announced Thursday that she will be launching her own primetime HLN show.

“Big news! I’m launching a new show on HLN in primetime. You’ll still see me on CNN. More details coming soon!” Banfield tweeted.

She elaborated on the announcement at the end of her “Legal View” show on CNN. “I’m going to leave this time slot at 12 noon and I’m going to make the jump and follow my friends to HLN,” she said. “We’re going to bring a really unique brand of social and legal issues-oriented programming.”

“Ashleigh and her distinct journalistic style is the perfect fit as we continue to refocus on our news roots and increase our live hours of programming,” CNN executive vice president Ken Jautz said.

Banfield’s new show will debut on Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. ET, which coincides with the departure of HLN mainstay Nancy Grace, who announced back in January that she was leaving the network.

“We created an unparalleled platform that gave crime victims a voice and succeeded in helping to find missing people and spotlight unsolved homicides,” Grace said at the time. “I will continue my fight for justice across a variety of traditional and new media, where victims’ voices can reach an entirely engaged audience.”

Banfield first joined CNN in 2012. After being with the network for approximately a year, she was given her own time slot, which became “Legal View.”

Several other CNN anchors have already made the move to HLN. Michaela Pereira joined the network earlier this year. Others include Erica Hill and Robin Meade.