Piers Morgan promises big changes to CNN news slot
Larry King replacement says 'format, everything will change'
Piers Morgan, the British news host who's taking over Larry King's coveted time slot on CNN in January says that his program will be radically different. "The format, everything, will change. I'm not just going to be another man sitting in the CNN studio wearing red braces." Among other things, Morgan vows to beat his competition on the rival Fox Network.
British chat show host Piers Morgan is promising big changes to Larry King's time slot when he takes over the reins in January.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Morgan says he hasn't locked down his show's executive producer yet, "though we are about to. What I would say is that there will be significant format changes, and the show will look and feel different and distinctive to Larry's. I don't want to copy him because he's a legend. You don't follow Sinatra at the Sands and try and warble 'My Way'..."
Some pundits point out that Morgan's lineup of guests, such as Simon Cowell and Donald Trump are overexposed. Morgan's show will be primarily filmed in New York apart from three months in the summer when Morgan is in Los Angeles judging "America's Got Talent."
"One key change will definitely be that I will pre-tape many of the interviews so I can market and promote them in advance of them airing, which I believe will increase ratings. I've done this very successfully with my Life Stories series in the U.K., with subjects as diverse as Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Simon Cowell, and Richard Branson."
"Larry King Live" scored its lowest monthly viewer total in nearly 20 years in May, averaging just 653,000 viewers each night. CNN underwent a management shakeup last week. Many say that network television has changed since Larry King first began interviewing 25 years ago. Since then, there's been an explosion in cable TV with rapid-fire hosts like Glenn Beck who don't do long interviews with newsmakers.
"Don't get me wrong, they're great at what they do," says Morgan. "But I think there's a gap in the market. For years, Larry King has shown the power of the extended interview, which is something I've specialized in with my British talk shows. When it comes to my rivals, however long it takes, I'm going to be there to win." Morgan says, "The main message I want to communicate is that I intend this show to be a game-changer in terms of how interview shows are conducted on American TV. And I haven't joined CNN to come 2nd, 3rd, or 4th.
"'America's Got Talent' has been the No. 1 show for five years, 'Britain's Got Talent' has been No. 1 in the UK for four years, Life Stories is the No. 1 talk show in the UK, and I won Celebrity Apprentice. Losing is not really something I've either experienced on TV, or wish to experience. A character trait hardened by my time working for the likes of Rupert Murdoch and Simon Cowell. It will take time, but we'll get there," Morgan says.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
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