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CNN Names Christine Romans ‘Early Start’ Co-Anchor

CNN Monday named its chief business correspondent Christine Romans as co-anchor of its early morning news program Early Start.

Romans, host of CNN’s Your Money, will join co-anchor John Berman on the show, which airs daily from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m., said network officials. “Given the audience’s interest in business news as the day begins, and markets across the globe have been open for hours, Christine will add a great dimension to the program that starts CNN’s programming day,” said Jeff Zucker, President, CNN Worldwide in a statement. “Plus, Christine’s fantastic rapport with John makes this a dynamic team for America to wake up to.”

The network also announced the addition of on-air correspondent Victor Blackwell and HLN anchor Christi Paul as co-anchors of the network’s weekend morning program New Day Weekend. Blackwell joined CNN in August 2012 as an anchor and correspondent. Paul, who joined HLN in 2003, will continue anchoring for HLN during the week, said the network.

“Victor and Christi have proven that they are consummate journalists and anchors,” said Zucker. “In expanding their roles, CNN is fortunate to have their depth of knowledge and breadth of experience to tell the compelling stories that people expect from CNN. Victor has been sitting in this seat for many months now, and we are thrilled to make this role official, and excited to pair him with Christi.”