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NYT: John King to Replace Lou Dobbs on CNN

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Via the New York Times Media Decoder Blog today, news of Dobbs’ replacement:

John King will replace Lou Dobbs as the new 7 p.m. anchor on CNN, the network told its employees Thursday morning.

Mr. King is currently the anchor of “State of the Union,” CNN’s Sunday political news show.

With Mr. King, 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 network-wide declines.

Perhaps also to restore its credibility. The article concludes:

“John embodies what we are striving for at CNN – he is steadfast in his objective and non-partisan political reporting and has the passion for chasing down stories that really matter to Americans,” Mr. Klein said in an e-mail message to colleagues.

Stay tuned for ongoing Dobbs coverage.