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CNN shuffles early evening line-up

June 24, 2003 at 1:18 PM

NEW YORK, June 24 (UPI) -- CNN has reversed its early-evening plans and cut Paula Zahn's new show down to a one-hour 8 p.m. EDT news program.

The 7 p.m. slot went to Anderson Cooper.

CNN originally announced Zahn would anchor a two-hour program, "American Evening with Paula Zahn," with a format to be announced. The network is still not discussing the format, but it's apparent Cooper will preside over a show more focused on reporting the day's events than Zahn's, which will likely be more interview-driven, the Hollywood Reporter said.

Zahn and Cooper will stay in the current "Live From" format for about a month before formally launching their new programs in tandem.

One of Zahn's challenges is to produce an innovative show on a tight budget.

"This is one of the key underpinnings of our whole primetime lineup," she said. "They have to make a commitment to it, and they have."

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