By Peter Johnson
CNN has canceled "NewsStand," the newsmagazine that former CNN chief Rick Kaplan hoped would become a bedrock of the networks prime-time lineup.
And in the wake of last weeks merger between AOL and Time Warner, CNNs parent company, CNN moved to undo much of Kaplans agenda and copy rivals MSNBC and Fox News with less-expensive talk shows and news. Kaplan was fired last summer.
As many as 1,000 CNN employees many of them from the Internet side are expected to be laid off, making for jittery times at CNN and elsewhere. NBC also announced layoffs Friday. ABC has a hiring freeze.
Jeff Greenfield, the former ABC "Nightline" correspondent brought in by Kaplan to host "NewsStand," has signed a new multi-year deal and is expected to anchor a 6 or 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time public policy talk show. "Showbiz Today" is expected to be folded into other programs. Elsa Klensch has resigned as host of "Style." Bob Furnad, a longtime CNN veteran who heads "Headline News," is leaving. Daryn Kagan, who had co-hosted CNNs "Morning News" with Bill Hemmer, is sole host.
CNNs new prime-time lineup is a combination of news and issues of the day.
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