[...] what happens to certain HLN news talent? I’m thinking specifically of Robin Meade. This could force the issue, long speculated about by everyone and long favorited by FTVLive, of moving Meade over to CNN for mornings. I have never been a big proponent of such a move because I think Meade would be a bad fit for what CNN does in the mornings. But if Vice gets HLN, I have to believe Meade is CNN bound. Zucker would not want to let her go. Everyone connected with New Day should be concerned. Very concerned. You all may have just been put on a clock.
Robin Meade is a gold mine. I don’t think anyone disputes that. Her show receives very little promotion (as far as I can tell), but she still manages to do well in the demo against the other morning shows (though she’s never come close to beating Fox & Friends). She does excellent things for HLN. Would she transition well over at CNN? Probably not.
CNN does hard news for the most part. There isn’t much giggling and aren’t many jokes made on CNN’s New Day (a little, but nothing like on Morning Express), so a transition to CNN for her would be awkward. I don’t think what Robin does on HLN is an act; that’s simply who she is. So it would be hard, in my opinion, for her to be forced to turn into a calm CNN morning news host.
At the same time, I agree with the quoted part (“Zucker would not want to let her go”) because she is good, and if he let her go, it would be a major mistake on his part. But then again, he’s made so many, so who knows what’ll he do…
If she were to make the move to CNN, what would that mean for her HLN show? Would they all come too, and just switch channels? Or would she just be installed as Chris Cuomo’s cohost and replace Kate Bolduan? If that were the case, I don’t see that going over terribly well. Robin has done her show for years as its sole host (with an ensemble cast of correspondents, true, but still), and if she were brought in as Chris’s sidekick, I don’t see her liking that. At the same time, I don’t see Chris liking her as a cohost. Sure, she’s beautiful and funny, but she’s not exactly the serious type of news anchor. There is also the possibility that if she were added on as Chris’s cohost, he could do every hard news story and interview, and she could just sit at the table and giggle and do the lighter stories. But the likelihood of anyone being pleased in that situation is slim-to-none.
For that reason, I hope the deal doesn’t go through. Or if it does, I pray CNN manages to swipe up all of HLN’s talent. I would be very disappointed to no longer see Christi Paul hosting New Day Weekend, for example, and to no longer see Susan Hendricks presenting the 360 Bulletin on Anderson Cooper 360.
But… Who knows? We’ll see.
(Disclaimer: I am a huge Morning Express fan; I’ll usually watch twenty or thirty minutes of New Day and then at the top of the hour, switch over and watch Robin for an hour)