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2007: Paula Zahn Leaves CNN
August 2, 2019  | By TV WW  | 1 comment
 
This day in 2007 marked the last telecast of CNN's prime-time news program, Paula Zahn Now, and the anchor's final day with the cable news channel.

Zahn's exit from CNN was less than graceful. The demise of her show was first reported on July 24, 2007, one day after CNN announced that it was developing a news program for former NBC News correspondent Campbell Brown. Because Brown's exit agreement with NBC prevented her from appearing on CNN until Nov. 1, 2007, a series of substitute hosts were used to cover the three-month gap.

Prior to joining CNN, Zahn was an evening news anchor for Fox News Channel. The cable channel ousted Zahn upon discovering her agent was in talks for her to anchor a morning show on CNN, with Fox News president Roger Ailes famously saying Zahn was no more valuable to the network than a "dead raccoon."

She was, however, perhaps best known for her nine-year stint with CBS News, where she co-anchored CBS This Morning with Harry Smith, worked as the Saturday and substitute host for CBS Evening News and contributed to other news programs.

Zahn made her debut on CNN on September 11, 2001, stepping in to assist with coverage of the terrorist attacks. She began anchoring a morning shift the following day, even though her show, American Morning with Paula Zahn, was still in development. Zahn took over CNN's prime-time spot in 2003.
 
 
 
 
 
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Mark Isenberg
Paula Zahn has bounced around network and cable news a long time and yet has very little original reporting to show for it.If she is still with Investigation Discovery,I won't be shocked. And CNN has a history of ladies not being very original be it Paula,Campbell Brown, a little bit more from Soledad O'Brien and only Christine Amanpour doing significant intl.work.And the current morning hosts with Chris Cuomo are almost as bad as Paula was or Gayle King now is on CBS mornings. The most curious CNN anchor remains Ashleigh Banfield who did all that globe trotting for MSNBC over a decade ago and now hosts a legal case discussion program at noon when nobody watches. Too bad,CNN could not have found better use for her but that is why CNN remains a channel for breaking news tragedies and not much else.Sorry Anderson Cooper.
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Tom t
I like Ashleigh's aggressive interview questioning. She should have a better time slot and oppeetunities at CNN.
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