It’s official – CNN has named a new host for its DC-based, Sunday morning media criticism show Reliable Sources. The post, vacated by Howard Kurtz back in June, will be filled by New York Times boy wonder and mediabistro alum Brian Stelter.
Stelter emerged victorious from a crowded field of guest hosts including Politico’s Patrick Gavin, NPR’s David Folkenflik, and The Daily Beast’s John Avlon.
“Brian has emerged as one of the top media reporters in the country and will be a great addition to our many platforms,” said CNN chief Jeff Zucker in a statement. “He grew up in the digital space, and has covered the media industry for his entire career.”
In addition to his weekend hosting duties, Stelter will bid adieu to the Grey Lady to become CNN’s senior media correspondent, reporting daily across all the network’s platforms including CNN.com and CNNMoney.com. His first day at CNN will be November 25, and his first show will air December 1.
Stelter, who in 2004 founded FishbowlDC’s sister blog TVNewser, joined the New York Times in 2007. Earlier this year he published the NYT best-selling book, Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV.