HLN is once again tinkering with its lineup — this time, axing Michaela Pereira’s program Michaela, Across America with Carol Costello, and Ashleigh Banfield’s Crime & Justice. They will host their last shows Friday, October 26, and depart the network thereafter.
Morning Express with Robin Meade will continue; it will now air live from 6:00am-10:00am, and from 10:00am-12:00pm, it will re-air the previous hours of the show. After, On the Story will air from 12:00pm-3:00pm with a rotation of HLN hosts. Lynn Smith’s Weekend Express will continue as usual on Saturdays and Sundays.
In an internal memo we obtained, HLN chief Ken Jautz said of the cuts: “The current cable news landscape is dominated by politics. Our live news shows have not benefitted from this trend given our story mix. However, HLN’s longform programs have been performing very well.”
After 3pm, HLN will begin airing CNN’s original series.
He addded of Costello, Pereira and Banfield, “I know that you will join me in thanking these incredibly talented journalists and their teams for their dedication and hard work. We built a top-notch line-up of some of the best anchors and show teams in the industry, and we are proud of what we’ve accomplished together these past few years.”