John Berman, Poppy Harlow Pair Up for New CNN Dayside Lineup

Dave Briggs joins CNN to take over Berman’s old gig

Last Updated: January 31, 2017 @ 6:54 AM

CNN announced a new dayside lineup on Tuesday that will pair popular hosts John Berman and Poppy Harlow for “CNN Newsroom” each weekday from 9-11 a.m. ET, replacing Carol Costello who will move to HLN.

Berman’s former co-host, Kate Bolduan, will now anchor “At This Hour” alone at 11 a.m. ET starting on Feb. 6, while Dave Briggs will join CNN to take over Berman’s “Early Start” gig.

Briggs, who will join CNN on Feb. 23, was the co-anchor of “Weekend Fox & Friends” for five years. He most recently co-hosted a program on the NBC Sports Network and was also a CNBC contributor.

On Monday, Costello announced that she will leave CNN after 15 years for a new HLN gig, which will be based in Los Angeles.

“I would like to share a big life change with you,” Costello said. “This is hard. Friday will be my last day at CNN. I’m not leaving the family, though, I’ll be heading to Los Angeles to anchor a new show on HLN.”

She called it a “personal decision” and compared it to cutting off her left arm. Costello went on to explain that her husband landed a “fantastic job” on the West Coast and she is relocating to be closer to him.

The moves shake up the entire first half of CNN’s dayside lineup, with only “New Day with Chris Cuomo and Alisyn Camerota” remaining unchanged.

Harlow has been a popular weekend anchor who filled in all over the network throughout the week. Back in November, her new partner, Berman, told The Wrap the details of his unusual schedule that included setting an alarm for 1:33 a.m.

“There is nothing worse than a [Boston] Red Sox winning streak because I won’t go to sleep. I’ll stay up and watch the game. That’s dumb. Or when the [New England] Patriots play Sunday night football, I watch it and that’s dumb,” the Massachusetts native said at the time.

Luckily for Berman, the new role will allow him to sleep in a bit.


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