New Day anchor’s wife laid off

New Day co-anchor Chris Cuomo’s wife Cristina Cuomo, the editor-in-chief of Manhattan and Beach magazines was laid off, in addition to the entire editorial staff, reports the New York Post’s Page Six.

A Post source confides that the publications are regrouping and expected to name a new editor.

She told the Post, “I am proud of my team and what we built. It was a quality read. I am sad.” But Cuomo added, “There are some opportunities in the works.”


Karen Jimeno leaves CNN Philippines

New Day co-anchor Karen Jimeno has left CNN Philippines to take a position as the new undersecretary for legal affairs and priority projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways, reports MediaNewser.

Jimeno served as one of the anchors of CNNPH’s morning show New Day, loosely modeled off of the show of the same name appearing on CNN Domestic.

The show launched in February 2016. All of the other original anchors remain on the show.


Poppy Harlow returns from maternity leave

CNN Newsroom anchor Poppy Harlow made her return from maternity leave on Sunday, appearing back on her weekend news broadcast. And, as anticipated, her maternity leave was a short one; she gave birth in early April to her daughter, Sienna Babcic.

Harlow also filled in for Alisyn Camerota on New Day this week.


Libertarian town hall ratings “good but not great”

On Wednesday, New Day anchor Chris Cuomo hosted a Libertarian town hall with presidential candidate Gary Johnson and vice presidential candidate William Weld.

As CNN’s Brian Stelter notes, the ratings were “good but not great,” still placing CNN in third place for the 9pm hour, behind Fox’s Megyn Kelly and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.

The town hall attracted 929,000 total viewers, and 320,000 in the 25-54 demo.


Robin Meade, morning anchor for almost fifteen years running

Morning Express anchor Robin Meade was interviewed by the Daily Mail in a video Q&A, and the interviewer kicked it off by pointing out that Meade had been on the air at HLN for almost fifteen years.

Meade is the longest-running anchor of a morning show, led by a female. She pointed out, “If they’re not watching, I get fired — being honest.”

Daily Mail pointed out that a lot of other morning shows had a high turnover of anchors, whereas she had stayed at the helm of HLN’s for so long. (It’s worth noting that New Day, which launched just a few years ago, has already lost two of its original anchors, Kate Bolduan and Michaela Pereira).

The reason for Meade’s HLN’s success, she cites, is that everyone has a morning routine — and not a lot of time, and Meade gives them the news as quickly as possible to get them informed and out the door.

When asked if she paid much attention to her competition morning shows at Today or Good Morning America or others, Meade responded, “CNN — our sister network, CNN. We are all pulling from the sources… So [I watch New Day] to see what kind of sources I can pull from.”

Meade noted her appreciation of her CNN bosses that they allow her to take some time to sing. “It’s nice to have bosses that allow me to do those things and aren’t like ‘Why aren’t you a journalist all the time?'”

She ended her interview with the Daily Mail by singing a line of her song, Dirty Laundry.


Chris Cuomo to host Libertarian candidate town hall

CNN announced that New Day anchor Chris Cuomo will moderate a town hall with Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson and vice presidential candidate William Weld at 9pm ET on Wednesday, June 22.

Both Johnson and Weld will field questions from voters live from the Time Warner Center in New York City. This will serve as CNN’s eleventh town hall during the 2016 election season.

The event will air on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Espanol.


CNN anchors to host Stanford rape case town hall

CNN Legal View anchor Ashleigh Banfield made headlines all over this week when she devoted a good chunk of her news program to reading the statement written by the victim in the Stanford rape case.

This Tuesday, June 14 at 9pm, CNN anchors Banfield and Alisyn Camerota will now host a town hall, The Letter and the Law: The Stanford Rape Case.

As the network notes, the decision by a California judge to sentence a former Stanford University swimmer to six-months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman has sparked national conversation and outrage. The anchors will lead a Town Hall discussion on the topic that has gripped the country – and sparked a dialogue about campus sexual assault, college culture, and fairness and justice. The Town Hall audience will include victims, experts, lawmakers, and the families of assault victims.


Jeff Zucker is Trump’s “personal booker,” steers candidates to certain programs

In an interview with Politico, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough accused CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker of “turn(ing) their entire broadcast center over to” GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump.

Scarborough alleges, “And Trumps laughs and calls Zucker ‘my personal booker,’ because Zucker will call Trump.”

“Trump will laugh every time Zucker calls because Zucker will call to personally book him.”

But, Mediaite adds some reporting to Politico’s conversation with Scarborough. According to their sources, Zucker “personally books all the candidates and big gets, and doles them out to whichever anchor he wants,” and reportedly doesn’t allow the show’s producers to try to book big guests, such as Hillary Clinton or Trump.

The site’s source claims Zucker steers candidates to New Day, State of the Union, or AC360, even if they would prefer to appear on a different program.

“[Zucker] wants to prop up the Sunday show and the morning show and the 8 pm show,” the source tells Mediaite.