This fall, CNN’s Abby Phillip and Laura Coates will make history. When the leaves are gradually changing color, Phillip is set to host CNN NewsNight at 10-11 p.m. EST and Coates will host Laura Coates Live at 11 p.m. – 12 a.m. According to Jessie Karangu of Barrett Sports Media, it will be the first time that “two African-American women will host their own primetime cable news shows on the same network.”
Coates and Phillip conclude the network’s new primetime programming schedule. The evening begins with Wolf Blitzer’s The Situation Room at 6 p.m., Erin Burnett Out Front at 7 p.m., Anderson Cooper 360 at 8 p.m. and The Source with Kaitlan Collins at 9 p.m. Also, Gayle King and Charles Barkley will host King Charles at 9 p.m. on Wednesdays.
In addition to the weekday evening program schedule, CNN’s weekend schedule will feature First of All with Victor Blackwell at 8 a.m., The Chris Wallace Show at 10 a.m. and Christiane Amanpour at 11 a.m. Manu Raju will host Inside Politics on Sundays and Alisyn Camerota will join The Whole Story with Anderson Cooper as a long-form reporter.
“One of CNN’s key differentiators is our deep roster of experienced journalists, reporters and storytellers. Many joined CNN early in their careers and have grown with the network throughout the years. They are extraordinarily talented and share the same CNN sensibility: versatility, determination and an inquisitive and empathetic approach to reporting the news,” a statement from CNN reads.
“By expanding the range and depth of our programming lineup across multiple dayparts, we are strengthening our reporting excellence throughout the schedule, elevating our ability to tell great stories across platforms, and doubling down on CNN’s position as the most trusted name in news.”