CNN to End HLN Live Programming, Including Morning Express with Robin Meade

By A.J. Katz 

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It’s the end of an era at HLN.

As part of CNN’s well-documented cost-cutting measures, HLN will end all live programming. This means the end of the network’s long-running morning show Morning Express with Robin Meade.

According to Puck’s Dylan Byers, HLN will simulcast CNN This Morning in place of Meade’s show. Crime programming will be synergized with Discovery’s Investigation Discovery channel.

Meade holds the distinction of being the longest-serving female morning show host on national TV, having joined HLN on Sept. 11, 2001.  She has been a constant, upbeat presence to audiences for 21 years at a network that has undergone tons of transitions over that time — from launching in 1982 as CNN2 and then Headline News, to true-crime-focused content like Forensic Files, to live dayside news programming from personalities like Ashleigh Banfield, S.E. Cupp and Carol Costello, and back to primarily true-crime content in recent years.

Meade has been the face of HLN for more than half of its existence.

In April 2012, Meade discussed her first day at HLN with now-Adweek editorial chief Chris Ariens.

TVNewser sat down with Meade again in New York four years later to discuss 15 years of Morning Express.

Her favorite moment up to that point? Aside from her longtime working relationships with meteorologist Bob Van Dillen and finance correspondent Jennifer Westhoven, she said it was jumping out of a plane with a certain former president.

“I jumped out of a plane with President George H.W. Bush when he turned 85,” Meade told us. “We had been doing our daily ‘Salute the Troops’ segment, and the US Army Golden Knights parachute team had been bugging me to do a story, asking me to come jump with them. When the opportunity came around to jump with President Bush, how do you say no to that? I was the only journalist to jump with and interview President Bush, and it was a live broadcast. I jumped out of the plane, and instead of saying ‘I’m going to die!,’ I asked myself ‘what am I going to say to him when I land? I’m live!’”

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