Soledad O'Brien May Return To 'American Morning'

Soledad O'Brien may be returning to CNN's "American Morning" in the latest shake-up on the morning program.

The New York Post and TVNewser report that the network is planning to replace the show's current three-hour format with two shows, one from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. and the other from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

O'Brien, who currently hosts the network's "In America" documentary series, is being tapped to anchor the second half of the morning program. Ashleigh Banfield, "Good Morning America" contributor and former MSNBC host, may anchor the first half.

O'Brien is no stranger to "American Morning," having co-hosted the program from 2003 to 2007. She and co-anchor Miles O'Brien (no relation) were swapped for John Roberts and Kiran Chetry, who both left in the past year.

The reports mark the latest shake-up for the program, which has had temporary anchors since Roberts and Chetry left. The new hosts and format may breathe fresh air into the program, which has fallen behind rival "Morning Joe" in the ratings.

The network has not commented on the reports, but sources told the New York Post that the changes could take effect as early as next month.


CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated incorrectly that the second show that may emerge from the "American Morning" break-up will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. It will air in the morning.