CNN announces new programming lineup through midterm elections


CNN today announced a fall programming lineup to best serve its audiences for the 2022 midterm elections. Filled with smart and informative news and analysis, the new schedule will go into effect Oct. 10 and continue through the week of the Nov. 8 elections.

Jake Tapper, chief Washington correspondent and anchor of "The Lead" and "State of the Union," will host the network’s 9 p.m. ET hour from Washington. "CNN Newsroom" anchor Alisyn Camerota and CNN Senior Legal Analyst Laura Coates will share anchor responsibilities from 10 p.m.-12 a.m. ET.

“The world has come to rely on Jake’s no-nonsense approach to covering the news, especially during high-stakes election cycles,” said Chris Licht, chairman and CEO, CNN. “This move will showcase his tough reporting, smart analysis and consequential interviews as our audiences navigate the myriad of issues at stake in the midterms. By adding the insights, experience and strong voices of Alisyn and Laura, we will advance and expand on that coverage, creating something complimentary and compelling in primetime.”

Throughout the special programming schedule, anchors John Berman and Brianna Keilar will each fill in for Tapper on "The Lead" from 4 p.m.-5 p.m. ET. "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" will pick up an hour, expanding its footprint to 5 p.m.-7 p.m. ET nightly. "Erin Burnett OutFront" and "Anderson Cooper 360" will remain in their respective timeslots of 7-8 p.m. ET and 8-9 p.m. ET.

CNN Special Midterm Election Programming Schedule:

4 p.m.-5 p.m. ET: "The Lead," anchored by John Berman/Brianna Keilar

5 p.m.-7 p.m. ET: "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer"

7 p.m.-8 p.m. ET: "Erin Burnett OutFront"

8 p.m.-9 p.m. ET: "Anderson Cooper 360"

9 p.m.-10 p.m. ET: "CNN Tonight," Jake Tapper

10 p.m.-12 a.m. ET: "CNN Tonight," Alisyn Camerota and Laura Coates

Don Lemon and Poppy Harlow will sign off their respective programs on Friday, Oct. 7 to begin work on the network’s new morning news show launching later this year. Both will continue to appear across the network until then. Fill-in hosts for other programs will be announced in the coming days.

About CNN Worldwide:

CNN Worldwide is the most honored brand in news, reaching more individuals on television and online than any other news organization in the United States. Globally, CNN International is the most widely distributed news channel. CNN Digital is the #1 online news destination, with more unique visitors and video viewers than any other news source. CNN’s award-winning portfolio also includes CNN Original Series, which develops non-scripted programming for television via commissioned projects, acquisitions and in-house production. CNN Films produces, commissions and acquires documentary feature and short films for theatrical and festival exhibition, as well as for broadcast and other distribution across CNN’s multiple platforms. Additionally, CNN Newsource is the world’s most extensively utilized news service partnering with over 1,000 local and international news organizations around the world. CNN is a division of Warner Bros. Discovery.


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