HLN preparing for programming shift, layoffs


Headline News NetworkMediaite has learned that CNN’s sister network HLN (Headline News) is preparing for “a significant amount of staff layoffs and show cancellations.”

According to the story, much of the network’s daytime programming is going to be replaced with more entertainment-themed shows. Those changes will lead to staffing changes as well.

The new CNN Worldwide chief Jeff Zucker reorganized HLN leadership this summer via letting go EVP Scot Safon. SpikeTV founder Albie Hecht was then brought in run the network. But ratings have yet to pick up on an overall basis.

Mediaite has obtained an internal memo written by Hecht marking the changes. According to his email to staff, much of HLN’s dayside programming is shifting around. He also alludes to layoffs, saying “A handful of our family members will be impacted by today’s news.”

Here’s the new lineup, from the Mediaite story:

HLN’s new 6 a.m.-12 midnight schedule is as follows:

6 a.m.-12 noon ET: Morning Express with Robin Meade

12 noon-1 p.m. ET: Showbiz Tonight (repeat from previous day)

1-5 p.m. ET: News Now

5-6 p.m. ET: What Would You Do?

6-7 p.m. ET: Showbiz Tonight (LIVE, 5th floor NY newsroom)

7-8 p.m. ET: Jane Velez-Mitchell

8-9 p.m. ET: Nancy Grace

9-10 p.m. ET: Dr. Drew On Call (M-Th, Mystery Detectives Fri)

10-11 p.m. ET: HLN After Dark (M-Th, Mystery Detectives Fri)

11 p.m.-12 midnight: Showbiz Tonight (6 p.m. replay)

See the full memo and Mediaite story here.


  1. Yeah, more entertainment shows! That will do it! That will help sink HLN faster than an iceberg sinks a ship.

  2. Let Harvey Levin take over HLN the reason here is its demographics. HLN already have TMZ type content here. Harvey’s audience is there.

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