This just in: After a month of negotiations, CBS veteran John Roberts is set to be the new senior national correspondent at CNN.
The move is a coup for the cable network, and a natural step for Roberts, who was rudely turned aside by CBS execs after years of grooming for the anchor chair. It’ll give him much more air-time, and helps rebuild the cabler’s political coverage.
He’ll start February 20th.
More details coming….
> UPDATE: The formal press release is now out. After the jump. CNN/US President Jon Klein: “John is one of the most accomplished broadcasters in the business. By giving him the freedom to report beyond the halls of the White House, he will be able to dig deeper into the political stories that have been breaking around the nation’s capital and beyond.”
> Roberts has a post on the CBS blog explaining his new post: “For nearly 14 years at the network, and two years at our Miami station, I have been a part of CBS News, and it a huge part of me. Ultimately, though, all relationships must come to an end, and regrettably, it is time to end my relationship here.”
John Roberts Joins CNN as Senior National Correspondent
John Roberts, a veteran broadcaster and award-winning journalist, will join CNN as senior national correspondent, it was announced today by Jon Klein, president of CNN/U.S. Roberts’ new assignment with the cable news network will begin Monday, Feb. 20.
Drawing from his years of experience covering the White House, breaking news and international assignments, Roberts will report on a broad range of pressing stories developing in the nation’s capital. He will contribute as a correspondent to programs throughout the network.
“As part of CNN’s commitment to providing viewers with more context on stories that really matter out of Washington, John will go beyond the daily news to deliver in-depth and enterprising reports on a broad range of important topics,” Klein said. “John is one of the most accomplished broadcasters in the business. By giving him the freedom to report beyond the halls of the White House, he will be able to dig deeper into the political stories that have been breaking around the nation’s capital and beyond.”
“I am tremendously energized and excited by the opportunity to join an organization that time and time again has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to rock-solid journalism, a dedication that has rightly earned CNN recognition as the global leader in news coverage,” Roberts said.
Roberts joins CNN after more than six years as CBS News’ chief White House correspondent. He has also served as anchor for the Sunday edition of CBS Evening News since March 1995 and substitute anchor for Face the Nation. Prior to 1995, Roberts was a New York-based correspondent primarily for the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather contributing reports on medical and health issues as well as on a variety of other subjects. In addition, he served as anchor of the Saturday edition of CBS Evening News from February 1999 until his assignment with the White House unit.
Roberts first worked with CBS News as co-anchor of the CBS Morning News from 1992 to 1994 and as news anchor for CBS This Morning. During his tenure with CBS News, Roberts reported on-site for many breaking news stories and traveled extensively, including covering the war in Iraq from Kuwait and Iraq as well the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina from New Orleans.
Between his two CBS News assignments, Roberts was co-anchor for the 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts on WCBS-TV in New York, where he earned an Emmy and a New York Press Club award. Prior to joining CBS News, Roberts had been co-anchor of Canada A.M., CTV’s top-rated morning news program from 1990 to 1992. From 1989 to 1990, Roberts was an anchor/correspondent for WCIX-TV in Miami. A native of Canada, Roberts spent the first 10 years of his career as an anchor and correspondent for several broadcasts of City TV in Toronto.
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