A lot of speculation had focused on Erin Burnett pairing with Cuomo in the morning. He certainly knows the morning routine from his years as news anchor at ABC's "Good Morning America." He joined CNN in January.
The program will debut in the spring, CNN said. It will be the channel's latest attempt to compete with the surging "GMA," the troubled "Today," the newsy "CBS This Morning," "Morning Joe" on MSNBC, "Fox & Friends" on Fox News Channel and many local newscasts.
The new CNN program's news anchor will be Michaela Pereira from "KTLA Morning News" in Los Angeles.
“I've been looking forward to this announcement since I first joined CNN," Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide, said in a statement. "Chris, Kate and Michaela are a dynamic team that will give our viewers in America a new way to start their day. We were floored with excitement when we saw Chris and Kate together on screen, and by adding Michaela to the mix we feel we have something very special. We believe there is an opening to do news in the morning with a fresh, new voice."
Jim Murphy, a veteran of "GMA," will be senior executive producer of the new show, which will broadcast from CNN's New York studios. Matt Frucci will be executive producer; he has worked on the weekend edition of "GMA."
Will viewers be floored?