Headline News’ flagship morning program Robin & Company becomes Morning Express with Robin Meade, effective Nov. 5, officials said Tuesday.
Morning Express will continue to deliver news reports every 30 minutes, along with breaking news as warranted.
“We aim to provide a quickly paced and comprehensive summary of the news, which matches people’s needs in the morning as they're preparing for their day,” Ken Jautz, CNN Worldwide executive vice president, said in a prepared statement. “The show’s energy and style stand out in the morning broadcast landscape, and the new name better captures that.”
The program’s lineup includes lead anchor Robin Meade; news correspondent Richard Lui; meteorologist Bob Van Dillen and “Your Money” correspondent Jennifer Westhoven. Morning Express airs from 6 to 10 a.m. weekdays.
Among the newest additions to the program are Meade’s “Morning Sunshine” email newsletter for viewers and fans; the program’s hourly “Salute to Troops” segment designed to pay homage to military personnel and their families, a feature that also has evolved into an online photo gallery and blog; a segment with Van Dillen featuring weather-related i-Reports submitted from viewers; “V-Mails,” video messages sent from viewers who weigh in on topical issues; and “America’s Favorite Cities,” an on-air extension of Travel + Leisure magazine’s popular survey of the top travel spots in the country.
With the re-launch of the program, Morning Express extends to other platforms with Meade answering viewer emails in a Web-exclusive segment for the program’s page at www.CNN/Morning.Express. A weekly podcast with Meade will debut Nov. 9, and will be available at http://www.CNN.com/podcasting/ and at CNN’s dedicated space on iTunes.
“Mornings are such an intimate, and frequently hectic, part of the day for our viewers, so I feel privileged that they invite us into their homes each day for their first dose of news and information,” Meade said.
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