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Michael Smerconish Joins CNN As New Host Of Weekly Show

Maureen Faulkner, widow of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner killed by former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal, and he
Maureen Faulkner, widow of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner killed by former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal, and her co-author conservative radio talk-show host Michael Smerconish, left, are interviewed on the NBC "Today" television show by co-host Matt Lauer, in New York, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007. They talked about her side of the case in their book "Murdered by Mumia: A Life Sentence of Loss, Pain and Injustice." (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Michael Smerconish is joining CNN to host a new weekly Saturday morning show, the network announced Monday.

The new host and New York Times bestselling author comes from MSNBC where he was a contributor for the past four years as well as a guest host on "Hardball with Chris Matthews." Smerconish also has a radio show that CNN said he will continue to host along with his new show.

Smerconish's arrival follows news earlier in January that John Berman and Michaela Pereira would become the new co-hosts of the 11 a.m. hour. A series of shakeups have hit the network following much restructuring in recent months. CNN chief Jeff Zucker announced in December that he had plans to bring more "attitude" to the network and less straight newscasts.

“We are thrilled to have Michael join CNN,” Zucker said. “At a time when the cable news landscape has become increasingly polarized, his independence and passion for reasoned dialogue makes him the perfect fit for CNN.”

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