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Good for Smerconish; Bad for the Viewers

At first glance, the following may strike you as good news. It did me. I think the Smerconish program is a good show at a bad time (9am). With it being rebroadcast at 6pm, I think it can do better and attract a larger audience. I was pleased initially because I figured, well, there will just be another hour of CNN Newsroom after the rebroadcast. (Because on Saturdays, CNN Newsroom is live until 7pm, so I just figured with Smerconish coming to 6, they would go live 7-8... Well, ha.) 20140619-190149-68509657.jpg

However, with a little bit of investigating, I realized that isn’t the case. CNN will not have another, later edition of CNN Newsroom. They’ll simply go to tape with Michael Smerconish at 6pm and be on tape all the way from 6pm until Sunday at 6am, when New Day Sunday starts. Some news network, huh?

Look at the schedule, per CNN.com:
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So let’s break down the hours. From 6-9am, Victor and Christi are anchoring New Day. Michael anchors for an hour at 9. Then, at 10-11, Victor and Christi anchor CNN Newsroom. So, that’s four hours for Victor/Christi; one for Michael. From 11-2, Fredricka anchors. From 2-2:30, a taped CNN Money with Christine Romans is on. 2:30-4, Fredricka anchors. For her, that’s a total of four and a half hours. From 4-4:30, there is CNN Newsroom, anchored by whoever is filling in for Don Lemon (who is hosting CNN Tonight). 4:30-5 is Sanjay Gupta. 5-6 is whoever is in for Don. And now, 6-7 is a rebroadcast of Smerconish.

After all that math, my point is thus: Don Lemon used to have from 4-7 (three hours, with Fred having four and a half), but now, whoever ends up replacing Don permanently will only have 4-4:30 and 5-6. So that position will either be unwanted, or they will trim down Fredricka’s hours to accommodate the rebroadcast. Personally, that’s what I desperately hope they do. Let Fredricka anchor (if she needs to at all…) from 11-2, and then let whoever replaces Don pick up at 2:30 when CNN Money ends.

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