Carol Costello to leave CNN for HLN

Carol Costello, anchor of CNN Newsroom, announced at the conclusion of her broadcast today that Friday would be her last day at the anchor desk at CNN New York.

“Before I thank you for joining me this morning, I would like to share a big life change with you,” Costello said. “Friday will be my last day at CNN. I’m not leaving the family though, I’ll be heading to Los Angeles to anchor a new show on HLN. This is a personal decision and it was extraordinarily difficult, it was like cutting off my left arm.”

She will join former New Day anchor Michaela Pereira in HLN’s Los Angeles bureau and anchor at a to-be-announced time slot. In December, HLN cut Michaela from three hours back to two hours.

CNN Worldwide Jeff Zucker said in a memo sent to staffers, “Carol’s decision to leave CNN was a personal one. After many years balancing a long-distance marriage with her demanding career, she is cashing in her miles and permanently relocating to the west coast. Ken Jautz will be sharing more details about her new LA-based show in the coming weeks.”

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