CNN’s Anderson Cooper to Host a U.S. Daytime TV Show

Anderson Cooper, the anchor of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” plans to host a one-hour daytime television show that will be nationally syndicated in fall 2011.

Cooper, 43, will serve as executive producer on the program, which will be produced by Telepictures Productions and distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, according to an e-mailed statement today.

Cooper, who joined CNN in 2001, will continue to anchor his 10 p.m. program and extended his deal with the 24-hour cable news network for an undisclosed period of time. The daytime show, which has no title yet, will cover social issues, trends, events, pop culture, celebrities and human interest news, according to the statement. Cooper will hold town-hall meetings and conduct undercover investigations for the show.

“With this new program I hope to relay important information and relate to people and the audience in a completely different way,” Cooper said in the statement.

Cooper, who also contributes to the CBS program “60 Minutes,” joins daytime TV as long-running daytime host Oprah Winfrey moves to the upcoming Oprah Winfrey Network next year.

Time Warner Inc., the New York-based owner of CNN and Warner Bros., fell 4 cents to $30.65 at 4:15 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading. The shares have gained 5.2 percent this year.

Cooper, in a separate e-mailed statement from CNN today, said he remains “as committed as ever” to his program on the cable channel, where he will be for “years to come.”

Jim Walton, president of CNN Worldwide, said Cooper’s new show “will be good for Anderson, good for CNN and good for Time Warner.”

Last week, CNN replaced Jon Klein as head of the U.S. network with HLN’s Ken Jautz. The outlet is revamping its management and prime-time lineup after viewers defected to News Corp.’s Fox News and NBC Universal’s MSNBC.

To contact the reporter on this story: Sarah Rabil in New York at srabil@bloomberg.net

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