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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.

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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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