Michaela Pereira leaving New Day for new HLN show

New Day co-anchor Michaela Pereira is leaving the CNN morning show and the New York bureau altogether at the end of April.

She will be fronting a new three-hour long HLN show, reports the Los Angeles Times. CNN Executive Vice President Ken Jautz told the Times the format will be similar in style and tone to HLN’s current morning show, Morning Express With Robin Meade.

“It’s time for me to go home and be close to my family and my community and my loved ones. I’m excited about going back and getting to do what I love, which is a morning news show.”

Pereira’s new show, that doesn’t currently have a title or launch date, will originally from the network’s Hollywood studios.

CNN Philippines to launch localized New Day

In hopes of being competitive in the morning news, CNN Philippines will be shelving its current morning program, Headline News, and instead replace it with a new show, New Day, keeping with the same name as CNN Domestic’s morning news program, anchored by Chris Cuomo, Alisyn Camerota and Michaela Pereira.

As MediaNewser reports, the new program will be anchored by former Headline News co-anchor Amelyn Veloso and will be joined by the anchor of CNNPH’s Legal HD, Karen Jimeno.

Former ABS-CBN sports anchor Andrei Felix has also joined CNN Philippines, the report notes, to handle sports for New Day.

Rounding the ensemble out will be Claudine Trillo, who will be covering weather and entertainment news.

It is expected to begin airing this month and to begin earlier than the show it is replacing.

CNN signs David Gregory for caucus coverage

David Gregory has signed with CNN for their coverage of the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary, TVNewser notes. Gregory appeared on New Day this morning in Iowa with anchors Chris Cuomo and Alisyn Camerota.

CNN was reportedly considering hiring Gregory and adding him to their primetime lineup back in fall of 2014, but they failed to cough up the dough needed to make CNN desirable for the former NBC News anchor.

Bob Beckel talks about his split from Fox News

Appearing this morning on CNN’s New Day, CNN political commentator Bob Beckel — who joined CNN two weeks ago — spoke with fellow former Fox News anchor, Alisyn Camerota, while promoting his new book.

Camerota read Fox’s statement about his departure: “We tried to work with Bob for months, but we couldn’t hold The Five hostage to one man’s personal issues. He took tremendous advantage of our generosity, empathy and goodwill and we simply came to the end of the road with him.”

“I really don’t know [what they were talking about],” Beckel said. “We signed a separation agreement that we weren’t going to say anything negative. Apparently, one of their executives didn’t get the memo.”

He added of Fox News’ CEO and former GOP strategist, “[Roger] Ailes saved me a long time ago — and I never have a negative word to say about him.”

In a statement to Mediaite, Fox News denies that they violated any agreement with Beckel.

CNN pushes on Bush’s coms director: We want the candidate, not you

Yesterday morning on CNN’s New Day, Alisyn Camerota let her displeasure be known. Rather than interviewing the candidate himself, the Jeb Bush campaign dispatched the communications director, Tim Miller, to do an interview with Camerota on the morning show, rather than the candidate himself.

Camerota pointed out that candidates Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, and even Marco Rubio, who until just recently had been boycotting CNN, were all appearing on New Day themselves — not their aides.

“It’s nice to have you, but, with all due respect, where is the candidate? Where is Jeb Bush? Shouldn’t I be speaking with the candidate?” Camerota pressured.

When Miller deflected, saying he was flying to New Hampshire for another campaign event, Camerota interrupted him. “This morning, other candidates have made time to be on our program, to give us a sort of post-debate wrap-up.” She went on, “So, shouldn’t Jeb Bush be talking about what happened last night?”

“I’m sorry you’re stuck with me, Alisyn,” Miller responded dully.

(H/t Poynter via Johnny Dollar)

CNN can’t tout a win over Morning Joe this month

Although CNN touts its morning show victory over MSNBC’s Morning Joe every month its ratings press release, this time, CNN was forced to sing another song about the battle between Joe and New Day. (Note: HLN’s Morning Express remains number two in the 25-54 key demographic).

For months now, the MSNBC morning show has been making gains on the CNN morning show, led by Chris Cuomo, Alisyn Camerota, and Michaela Pereira.

Yesterday’s press release conceded defeat (in a rounadout, spinny kind of way):

CNN’s New Day tied with MSNBC’s Morning Joe in the demo this month (100k). In the last 16 months, New Day has beaten Joe for 15 months and tied once.

So CNN’s 15-month streak of beating MSNBC in the morning has ended.

Needless to say, Jeff Zucker probably won’t be taking out a New York Times ad to tout New Day‘s victory again anytime soon.

Clarissa Ward returns to Syria for first CNN assignment

CNN’s newest senior international correspondent Clarissa Ward, formerly of CBS, made her debut for the network today, returning to Syria. She made her debut this morning on CNN’s New Day.

Before tossing to Ward, CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota introduced the network’s newest correspondent. “CNN’s senior international correspondent Clarissa Ward has been on the front lines in northeast Syria; she joins us live from Erbil, Iraq. Clarissa, welcome to CNN and to New Day, it’s great to see you!”

Ward meets with fighters from the Kurdish YPG who are driving out ISIS in the city of Hasakah in northern Syria. This group of lightly armed, poorly equipped fighters are building a huge dirt barrier on their front line to protect themselves from snipers and nighttime attacks by ISIS.

Ward – who joined CNN last month – has made nearly a dozen trips to Syria since the civil war broke out in March 2011.

New Day’s new meteorologist is…

The reality show America’s Next Weatherman, which aired on sibling station TBS, has concluded, and the winner is Miss Ohio, Mackenzie Bart. Bart is currently studying at the Ohio State University, working to complete a degree on atmospheric science.

The winner was promised an agent, $100,000, and the chance to present a weather report on CNN’s New Day morning show.

So, that will be Bart.