Spitzer to Fill Campbell Brown’s Shoes at CNN?

May 21, 2010

(ChattahBox)— Eliot Spitzer’s name is being floated as a possible replacement for CNN’s 8 p.m. time slot, once Campbell Brown leaves. The struggling cable news station has been struggling to find its niche in a 24/7 news market, with the GOP propaganda news outlet Fox News leading the ratings war. Would the former New York governor, tainted with a sex scandal be the answer?

According to “sources” whispering to The NY Times, Spitzer, who has successfully guest hosted on MSNBC, has been in preliminary talks with CNN for a possible role on a panel of political pundits:

“Mr. Spitzer has held conversations — but so far only informal ones — about becoming a regular contributor to the cable news channel, according to two people who were briefed on the matter. But the people said he was not being courted for an anchoring job, meaning he would not directly replace Ms. Brown in the channel’s 8 p.m. time slot.” […]

“As it contemplates what program to place in Ms. Brown’s time slot, CNN is considering a panel discussion program with various political voices. Mr. Spitzer could conceivably be a panelist.”

Campbell Brown announced earlier in the week that she was leaving CNN after two-years, due to low ratings. “The simple fact is that not enough people want to watch my program, and I owe it to myself and to CNN to get out of the way so that CNN can try something else,” she wrote. “CNN will have to figure out what that is.”

Apparently CNN has figured out that a replacement program with shrill opposing pundits is the ticket. We’ll see.


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