For the past two weeks, Smerconish has been taped in advance of its airing at 9aET. Ever since the program’s debut, until now, it had aired live.
Many have echoed my thoughts: no news show (whether it be a straight news cast or a show with commentary segments) should be taped. Smerconish re-airs at 6pET on Saturdays. That’s fine; it does very well in the ratings. But its original airing should not be taped. Too many shows that make up CNN’s weekend programming are taped (CNNMoney, Sanjay Gupta MD, Inside Politics, Reliable Sources, and Fareed Zakaria GPS), and we don’t need another taped show.
I have reached out to the spokesperson for Smerconish, but haven’t heard back.