December 8th, 2008
04:47 PM ET
5 years ago

King named new host of CNN's public affairs show

John King will host CNN's new Sunday public affairs show.
John King will host CNN's new Sunday public affairs show.

(CNN) - CNN Chief National Correspondent John King is set to take the helm a new four-hour Sunday block of political programming, CNN announced Monday.

King, who has been with CNN for more than a decade, became a household name this election season after breaking a host of stories for the network - including Barack Obama's selection of Joe Biden as his running mate. His expert analysis on election nights and innovative use of the "Magic Wall" technology won wide praise and was quickly imitated by several other networks.

Watch: King discusses his new show

“We are reinventing Sunday mornings around the best political reporter of his generation, John King," CNN/U.S. President Jon Klein said. "He has stood out throughout the election as the single best connected, most knowledgeable source of what’s going on and why, and this new program is an opportunity to showcase those strengths throughout the entire year.”

The new block, to run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET, will debut in January. The first hour will focus heavily on politics and the new administration, while the later hours will delve into national and world affairs and commentary on current events. The four hours will also include "Reliable Sources," hosted by Howard Kurtz, which will continue as an hourlong examination into the intersection of the national media, politics, and the hottest topics in news.

Meanwhile, Wolf Blitzer will continue to serve as CNN's lead political anchor through the next presidential race and host of "The Situation Room" - the No. 1-rated weekday news program in all three hours during November among the key 25- to 54-year-old demo.


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