Andrew Kirell of Mediate reports that Piers Morgan will be replaced at 9 p.m. ET by outgoing ABC “Nightline” anchor Bill Weir.
Earlier on Friday, CNN announced that Weir was joining the cable news network as an anchor and its chief innovation correspondent.
However, Kirell cites a “reliable source at CNN” that Weir was promised the time Morgan currently occupies.
“According to our source, the details and timing have not yet been worked out (and we are told it will likely take ‘many months’) but that Weir is expected to get either half or all of the 9 p.m. slot, meaning Morgan will either move time slots or, at best, reduce to a half hour of airtime per evening,” Kirell wrote.
In 2011, Morgan replaced long-time CNN anchor Larry King at 9 p.m. But Morgan, a staunch advocate for gun control, had regularly lagged behind Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” which recently moved to 10 p.m., and MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.”