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CNN Morning Show Gets Name And Debut Date

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First Posted: 12/29/11 08:50 AM ET Updated: 12/29/11 01:52 PM ET

Update: CNN announced the names of its new morning shows. The 5-7 a.m. show will be called "Early Start." Soledad O'Brien's 7-9 a.m. program will be titled "Starting Point."

CNN will debut its new morning show led by host Soledad O'Brien on January 2, 2012. The network made the announcement on Wednesday.

CNN announced in November that it had decided to dismantle its current morning show "American Morning," and divide the program into two separate shows: one from 5-7 a.m. and the other from 7-9 a.m.

Former MSNBC anchor Ashleigh Banfield was announced as co-host of the 5-7 a.m. program, along with former local Chicago newscaster, Zoraida Sambolin.

Former "American Morning" anchor Soledad O'Brien (she co-hosted from 2003-2007) was recruited back to mornings at CNN, where she will host the 7-9 a.m. show. The program will be, in CNN's words, a "conversational ensemble" show, with O'Brien at the center.

The new morning shows will debut just in time for the January 3rd Iowa caucuses. According to Broadcasting & Cable, O'Brien will report live from Des Moines, Iowa on January 2 and 3. Banfield and Sambolin will remain at the CNN Election Center.

View a slideshow of CNN's new lineup below.

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  • 5-7 AM: Ashleigh Banfield and Zoraida Sambolin

    Banfield (shown here) and Sambolin are set to host a new morning show starting in early 2012).

  • Zoraida Sambolin

    Sambolin has been a host for a local Chicago station.

  • 7AM-9AM: Soledad O'Brien

    O'Brien is slated to start her new morning show in early 2012.

  • 9AM-11AM -- CNN Newsroom with Kyra Phillips

  • 11AM-1PM -- CNN Newsroom with Suzanne Malveaux

  • 1 PM- 2 PM: Randi Kaye

  • 2PM-4PM -- CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin

  • 4PM-6PM -- The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer

  • 6PM-7PM -- John King USA

  • 7PM-8PM -- Erin Burnett

  • 8PM-9PM -- Anderson Cooper

  • 9PM-10PM -- Piers Morgan Tonight

  • 10PM-11PM -- Anderson Cooper (Repeat)

  • 6AM-7:30AM -- CNN Saturday Morning (Formerly with T.J. Holmes)

  • 7:30AM-8:00AM -- Sanjay Gupta MD

  • 8AM-9AM -- CNN Saturday Morning (Formerly with T.J. Holmes)

  • 9:30AM-10AM -- Your Bottom Line with Christine Romans

  • 10AM-1PM -- CNN Saturday Morning (Formerly with T.J. Holmes)

  • 1PM-2PM: Your Money

  • 2PM -- CNN Newsroom

  • 6AM-7:30AM -- CNN Sunday Morning (Formerly with T.J. Holmes)

  • 7:30AM-8:00AM -- Sanjay Gupta MD

  • 8AM-9AM -- CNN Sunday Morning (Formerly with T.J. Holmes)

  • 9AM-10AM: State of the Union with Candy Crowley

    Correction: A previous version of this slide misspelled Crowley's first name.

  • 10AM-11AM: Fareed Zakaria GPS

  • 11AM-12PM -- Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz

  • 12PM-1PM: State of the Union with Candy Crowley

    Correction: A previous version of this slide misspelled Crowley's first name.

  • 1PM-2PM -- Fareed Zakaria GPS

  • 2PM-3PM -- The Next List

  • 3PM-4PM -- Your Money

  • 4PM: CNN Newsroom

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