CNN Morning Show Gets Name And Debut Date

12/29/2011 08:50 am ET | Updated Dec 29, 2011

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.

CNN Lineup
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