BY: David Bauder
NEW YORK – CBS News is completely overhauling ‘The Early Show‘ broadcast team.
Co-anchors Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez are out, along with weather forecaster Dave Price. The news of the shuffle came Tuesday from a person with knowledge of the discussions who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak on personnel issues.
The morning news show’s new anchor team will be Chris Wragge and Erica Hill, who have worked together anchoring CBS’ Saturday-morning show. Hill is also the current news reader for the weekday version.
Jeff Glor, anchor of Saturday’s ‘CBS Evening News‘ and a reporter on ‘The Early Show,’ will take over the news reader job on the morning show. Marysol Castro, formerly of ABC’s ‘Good Morning America‘ weekend edition, will do the weather.
‘The Early Show’ runs third in the network morning show competition. The week before last, NBC’s ‘Today‘ show averaged 5.6 million viewers each day, ‘GMA’ had 4.6 million and ‘The Early Show’ had 2.9 million, the Nielsen Co. said.
The new team will start on Jan. 3. It marks the second big change to a morning team in a year, after ABC installed George Stephanopoulos as a co-anchor with Robin Roberts and added news reader JuJu Chang.
Smith had the longest tenure on ‘The Early Show.’ He was the sole survivor from 2002 when CBS installed a four-anchor team that included Smith, Hannah Storm, Julie Chen and Rene Syler. He also hosted a previous CBS morning show from 1987 to 1996.
Wragge worked in sports, including a stint as a sideline reporter at events for NBC, until he made the jump to news in 2006. Beside his weekend job at CBS, he had been anchoring local news broadcasts at the network’s New York affiliate, a job he’ll give up to go national.
Hill, who came to CBS from CNN, briefly filled in for Rodriguez last year when Rodriguez was on maternity leave.
Price had strayed beyond the weather for other stories at ‘The Early Show.’ Most recently, the show left him in Alaska with $50 and challenged him to earn money for a return trip to New York, filming his adventures along the way.
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