Chris Cuomo Leaving ABC News for CNN

ABC Newsman Chris Cuomo (Photo: ABC)

20/20” anchor Chris Cuomo is leaving ABC News to join CNN, it was announced Tuesday.

Cuomo is expected to host a morning news program for the cable channel.

His contract with ABC News was up for renewal, a perfect time for new CNN honcho Jeff Zucker (former NBC and “Today” show executive) to make a play for Cuomo. Zucker has been trying to lure high-profile journalists to the struggling cable network to help turn things around.

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This is Zucker’s second successful hiring, and the second one he nabbed from ABC News. Former ABC Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper also recently jumped ship to join the cable network. He made his CNN debut last week and will be hosting his own program later this year.

Word that CNN was wooing Cuomo first surfaced in December. The news that a deal has been made was confirmed Tuesday by Cuomo’s brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, during his appearance on a radio show, according to The Associated Press.

Cuomo was the news anchor on “Good Morning America” from 2006 to 2009, where he was reportedly disappointed to be passed over for a promotion when the anchor team changed up. He then moved to prime-time to anchor the ABC News magazine “20/20.”

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