Could Soledad O'Brien be replaced in the mornings on CNN by Erin Burnett?
Maybe, according to Monday's New York Post, which reported that newly appointed CNN chief Jeff Zucker is reportedly setting out to shake up the network's morning show.
A former executive producer of the "Today" show, Zucker was responsible for turning the NBC property into the number one program in morning television—a position the show held for 16 years. He introduced signature "Today" show elements, including moving the show to its current studio on Rockefeller Plaza and introducing the summer concert series.
When Zucker was named CNN Worldwide president late last month, Turner Broadcasting Chairman Phil Kent said that Zucker was not hired because of his morning TV experience, but that "one of the great byproducts of is he's an absolute expert in morning television."
It's no surprise that the network would prioritize improving its morning programming block as Zucker takes the reins. Although Soledad O'Brien has won plaudits as host of CNN's year-old morning show, the network remains in third place behind cable news rival MSNBC and industry leader Fox News.