Broadcasting & Cable’s Marissa Guthrie scoops that Campbell Brown’s CNN show won’t debut until after her maternity leave and she’ll be doing a series of specials for the network until she goes on maternity leave…
Campbell Brown will make her debut on CNN not on her own primetime show, which is set to bow in February, but in a series of political specials to air in November.
When Brown left NBC News in July after 11 years with the network, one of the conditions of her exit was that she would not appear on CNN until November. But with Brown due to give birth to her first child in late December, the timing was less than convenient.
This was a wise move by CNN. Last month I noted the traction trouble CNN would face if it debuted Brown’s show only to have her leave for months due to her pregnancy. By keeping Sanchez’s “Out in the Open” going during her maternity leave, CNN has probably done all it can to mitigate the damage that could be done to that timeslot.