Charlie Rose, Gayle King to host CBS ‘The Early Show’

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Charlie Rose and Gayle King will be joining CBS’ embattled ‘The Early Show’ as hosts in what is being described as a complete makeover of the struggling early-morning news series.

Rose, who has an interview show on PBS, and King, who has a morning show on OWN, the network founded by her best friend, Oprah Winfrey, would join current co-hosts Jeff Glor and Erica Hill in a revamp of the show. It would be broadcast on a new set being built on the West Side of Manhattan, said sources who were knowledgeable about the situation.


CBS declined comment. Rose, who is part of the ’60 Minutes’ news team, could make a relatively easy transition, but the status of King’s show at OWN is initially uncertain.

Earlier reports from the New York Times said that Rose and King would be part of a two-hour show that would emphasize hard news and have a more conversational format, like that of ‘The View’ on ABC and ‘Morning Joe’ on MSNBC. The more popular ‘The Today Show’ on NBC and ‘Good Morning America’ on ABC have a multilayered format that mixes news with entertainment and lifestyle features.


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