Jim Murphy, the former senior executive producer of "Good Morning America," has reportedly hired CNN's morning programming, according to The New York Times on Thursday.
Murphy will serve as the senior executive producer of the show that will replace "Starting Point," hosted by Soledad O'Brien. He was the senior executive producer of "GMA" from 2006 to 2011, when he left to launch Anderson Cooper's daytime show. He left "Anderson" last January.
The Times spoke to people familiar with Murphy’s hiring at CNN, who said the decision was announced internally on Thursday. It is the latest sign that president Jeff Zucker — who famously led to "Today" to a sixteen-year streak as the country's number one morning show — is looking to make mornings on the network look more like "Today."
The new show and its premiere date have not been announced yet, though Chris Cuomo is expected to co-host the program. Jeff Zucker announced Cuomo's hiring in January, saying that he would have a "major role in a new CNN morning show." Cuomo worked with Murphy before when he was co-host of "GMA."
There has also been much speculation that Zucker will move Erin Burnett, currently a primetime host, to mornings. She co-hosted CNN's coverage of Pope Benedict's final farewell with Cuomo on Thursday.