New John King Show to Replace Lou Dobbs

By Andrew Gauthier 

The New York Times

John King will anchor an ambitious new 7 p.m. hour of political news for CNN beginning early next year, the network said Thursday.

The announcement came a day after Lou Dobbs abruptly announced that he was quitting his CNN anchor job immediately. Until Mr. King begins his new assignment, a rotating cast of anchors will fill in at 7 p.m. on an interim program called “CNN Tonight.”


Mr. King is currently the anchor of “State of the Union,” CNN’s Sunday political news show. Previously the cable news channel’s chief national correspondent, Mr. King became better known during last years presidential election when he dissected election results on his touch-screen “Magic Wall.”

In moving Mr. King to a weekday time slot, CNN will seek to improve its dismal evening ratings. According to Nielsen, CNN ranked third among cable news channels in the 7 p.m. hour in October, mirroring its other prime-time declines. More…