Soledad O’Brien will no longer be a host on CNN, but she’s staying with the network — sort of.
O’Brien told the New York Times that she is returning to the role she had before she became the host of “Starting Point” in 2011: a roving documentary reporter. The twist this time is that she is forming her own production company, Starfish Media, and will not be tied exclusively to CNN; she will be able to shop programs to other networks and air them on the Web as well.
O’Brien’s future as a regular face on the network was immediately put into doubt when CNN announced that Chris Cuomo would be its new morning host…
Soledad is still in the polite phase hoping CNN has sufficient allegiance to their let’s-pretend reputation to pickup one of her documentaries.
CNN later issued a press release saying it was excited to be “entering into a production and distribution agreement” with O’Brien, who was described as a “critically acclaimed journalist.” The release mentioned many of the programs O’Brien had made for CNN, but did not reference her current morning show at all.
As for Soledad O’Brien – cranky geeks have been following her career at least since she was a regular opposite Leo LaPorte [as Dev Null] in the 1990′s. She’s always maintained an unusual dedication [for American television] to honesty. I wish her well.