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Bill Hemmer Leaves CNN
Turner Info ^ | 6-05-06

Posted on 06/06/2005 12:57:54 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache

Release Date 6-6-05

Miles O’Brien to Co-Anchor CNN’s American Morning with Soledad O’Brien

Miles O’Brien, co-anchor of CNN’s Live From, will join American Morning as co-anchor with Soledad O’Brien starting Monday, June 20, it was announced today by Jon Klein, president of CNN/U.S. Bill Hemmer plans to leave the network to pursue other opportunities, while Jack Cafferty will join The Situation Room, a new afternoon news program, to provide commentary and insight.

“We’re honing the cast of American Morning in order to focus on what the audience wants most and what CNN does best: the latest news delivered with the greatest intelligence,” Klein said. “In a morning television landscape littered with mindless entertainment, there will be one name you can rely on for no-nonsense news: O’Brien.”

Miles O’Brien will be based in New York and will continue to serve as the network’s space correspondent. He joined in 1992 and has held a number of important anchor positions over the years earning him many journalistic distinctions. Most recently, he served as co-anchor of Live From weekday afternoons with Kyra Phillips. Phillips now becomes the lead anchor of Live From.

In February 2003, O'Brien distinguished himself as both an anchor and correspondent when he led CNN's coverage of the Columbia Space Shuttle tragedy, offering viewers exclusive information and uniquely insightful context based on his experience with NASA and space exploration. O'Brien has anchored many breaking news events, including the network’s coverage of the war in Iraq.

Hemmer, who joined CNN in 1995 and American Morning in 2002, will be leaving the network. His last day is June 17.

“After 10 years of distinguished service at CNN, Bill Hemmer has decided to pursue other opportunities, and we wish him well,” Klein said.

American Morning broadcasts weekdays from 7-10a.m. (ET) on CNN/U.S. Kim Bondy is the vice president of morning programming of CNN’s American Morning.

CNN, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is one of the world’s most respected and trusted sources for news and information. Its reach extends to 14 cable and satellite television networks; two private place-based networks; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; six Web sites, including CNN.com, the first major news and information Web site; and CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service.

CONTACT: Christa Robinson CNN, New York 212/275-7995 christa.robinson@cnn.com


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: billhemmer; cnn

1 posted on 06/06/2005 12:57:54 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
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To: My Favorite Headache

Haven't watched CNN in about three years, but was really impressed with Hemmer. Wish him well.


2 posted on 06/06/2005 1:00:30 PM PDT by Pure Country
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To: My Favorite Headache

I think I speak for many of us when I say: "Who?"

This is a guy I have never heard of who was on shows I've never heard of on a network I haven't watched in over a decade.


3 posted on 06/06/2005 1:01:10 PM PDT by Earl B.
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To: My Favorite Headache
In a move to please CNN's foreign audience, Miles has agreed to change his name to the less American, Kilometers.
4 posted on 06/06/2005 1:04:04 PM PDT by jigsaw (God Bless Our Troops)
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To: jigsaw

LMFAO


5 posted on 06/06/2005 1:05:21 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache ("Scientology is dangerous stuff,it's like forming a religion based around Johnny Quest and Haji.")
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To: Pure Country

I think perhaps Bill Hemmer would be one of the personalities Linda Ellerbee would describe as a twinkie. Someone good to look at on TV but not necessarily very bright.


6 posted on 06/06/2005 1:05:47 PM PDT by TNCMAXQ
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To: jigsaw

Kilometers O'Brian was last years winner of the annual Guiness "I lie like the media constest" at Donegal's pub in Belfast!ha.


8 posted on 06/06/2005 1:08:03 PM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: Pure Country

Hemmer a good guy a devout catholic wgo did an excellent job and coverage with the Death of Pope John Paul


9 posted on 06/06/2005 1:08:23 PM PDT by missyme (Tell it like it is!)
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To: My Favorite Headache

I hear Fox News is hiring.

(Mrs. F & I saw Hemmer emerging from a Manhattan dry cleaners while we were on vacation there a few years back. "Brush with greatness.")


10 posted on 06/06/2005 1:10:16 PM PDT by martin_fierro (Shirtless at the 7-11)
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To: Earl B.

Me, neither! I only watch CNN when the dem's lose in elections, just to see the long face on Judy Woodenruff and the other idiots there.


11 posted on 06/06/2005 1:12:54 PM PDT by Theresawithanh (I never sweat the petty things, and I never pet the sweaty things.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

I liked Bill..Too bad for CNN.


12 posted on 06/06/2005 1:12:56 PM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: My Favorite Headache
Bill Hemmer plans to leave the network to pursue other opportunities...

Hemmer: "I am?"

13 posted on 06/06/2005 1:14:55 PM PDT by theDentist (The Dems are putting all their eggs in one basket-case: Howard "Belltower" Dean.)
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To: missyme

Also, a Miami-Ohio grad. Maybe he'll be joining fellow Red Hawk Bill Sammon at Fox.


14 posted on 06/06/2005 1:15:31 PM PDT by Gaetano
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To: Pure Country

Bill always struck me as a big zero. But then, since most everyone on CNN is really unbearable I guess that makes Bill a positive, relatively speaking.


15 posted on 06/06/2005 1:17:40 PM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: Earl B.
>I think I speak for many of us when I say: "Who?"

Yeah, I said, "Who?" too.
When I saw his pic, I said,
"Oh, yeah, that young guy."

16 posted on 06/06/2005 1:18:53 PM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: My Favorite Headache
From Gawker:

TVNewser has the scoop on CNN’s American Morning co-host, the one and only Bill Hemmer. Hemmer, it seems, is having problems getting his New York job moved to D.C. (There are still summer internships available, no?) Reports the Newser:

Hemmer “has no idea how to do anything himself,” a network source tells the blog. “When he does interviews, producers do everything, from writing his scripts to doing most of his interviews and footage is cut to make it look like he’s working.”

In other words, he has absolutely nothing to distinguish himself from every other “on-air talent.” –KEW more

17 posted on 06/06/2005 1:21:14 PM PDT by mountaineer
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To: My Favorite Headache
“After 10 years of distinguished service at CNN, Bill Hemmer has decided to pursue other opportunities, and we wish him well, been canned" Klein said.
18 posted on 06/06/2005 1:23:19 PM PDT by ladtx ( "Remember your regiment and follow your officers." Captain Charles May, 2d Dragoons, 9 May 1846)
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To: ladtx

Hemmer was the one unbiased person on CNN. No wonder he got canned.


19 posted on 06/06/2005 1:26:14 PM PDT by mwl1
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To: My Favorite Headache

20 posted on 06/06/2005 1:35:13 PM PDT by TonyInOhio (Would I lie to you?)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Hemmer is pretty good...hes on FOX within 6 months...the rest are idiots


21 posted on 06/06/2005 1:44:45 PM PDT by skaterboy (Me love you long time)
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To: My Favorite Headache
"Hemmer, who joined CNN in 1995 and American Morning in 2002, will be leaving the network."

How can this be? Have you seen him? He's looks about 17 years old.

I do like Jack Cafferty, he's more like an old curmudgeon. He lays it out how he sees it, which means he's not suited for morning news. He may shine in the afternoon.

22 posted on 06/06/2005 1:44:47 PM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (Jabba the Hutt's bigger, meaner, uglier brother.)
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To: skaterboy

CNN lost out here.


23 posted on 06/06/2005 1:55:55 PM PDT by Unicorn
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To: My Favorite Headache

:: SNOOOOORE ::

Wait...what? What's that? CNN is losing more talent? Oh...well that's just the most shocking statement I've ever heard.

Back to sleep...


24 posted on 06/06/2005 2:07:45 PM PDT by Politics4Fun
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To: My Favorite Headache

:: SNOOOOORE ::

Wait...what? What's that? CNN is losing more talent? Oh...well that's just the most shocking statement I've ever heard.

Back to sleep...


25 posted on 06/06/2005 2:07:57 PM PDT by Politics4Fun
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To: My Favorite Headache

This guy was pretty well composed and had a wry and dry sense of humor. I bet we see him on fox or one of the major local market stations in LA, NY or DC.


26 posted on 06/06/2005 2:13:15 PM PDT by KillTime (Western Civilization herself breathes a sigh of relief as President Bush wins 4 more years.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

I like Bill Hemmer. He's a local kid here in Cincy. Went to Elder High School.

I wish him well. He's from a solid West Side Catholic conservative family.


27 posted on 06/06/2005 2:17:02 PM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Life is too short to go through it clenched of sphincter and void of humor - it's okay to laugh.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Is he leaving to finish his senior year in high school?


28 posted on 06/06/2005 2:17:27 PM PDT by Paul Atreides (FACT: You can get more reliable information in a beauty shop, than from the media)
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To: Earl B.
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29 posted on 06/06/2005 4:46:36 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (liberals suck......... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.)
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To: Gaetano
Maybe he'll be joining fellow Red Hawk Bill Sammon at Fox.

What? Bill Sammon is going to Fox? What will he be doing? I adore him.

30 posted on 06/06/2005 6:00:49 PM PDT by texasflower (silent_jonny is the only one for me.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Bill Hemmer was professional and had all the tools of TV journalism. Like my wife and I, he couldn't "take" Soledad, whi IS a tool. Jack Cafferty couldn't take her either. CNN Execs have made a bad choice on who to keep.


31 posted on 06/22/2005 5:20:02 AM PDT by moondaw (Moondog)
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To: Jabba the Nutt

It has been very painful this week watching O'Brien stumble and mumble through the broadcast, one thing can be said about Bill, he at least knew how to read. I can now sleep an extra hour with both Bill and Cafferty gone there is no reason to watch. Soledad and Miles have about as much chemistry as two dead fish.


32 posted on 07/15/2005 8:22:04 AM PDT by loudnproud
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To: loudnproud

I totally agree about Miles and Soledad. Absolutely no chemistry. In fact they have as much chemistry as a couple who have been married for quite some time. Are they?


33 posted on 07/15/2005 1:49:48 PM PDT by russell4
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To: loudnproud

I liked Cafferty. I thought he had wit and a sense of humor and wasn't an idiot.


34 posted on 07/15/2005 5:03:09 PM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (Jabba the Hutt's bigger, meaner, uglier brother.)
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To: Jabba the Nutt

Just saw where Bill Hemmer signed on with Fox. CNN lost another good one.


35 posted on 07/20/2005 6:05:45 AM PDT by russell4
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To: My Favorite Headache

They should have kept him and ditched Solidad. She is absolutely unbearable.


36 posted on 07/20/2005 6:08:22 AM PDT by freeperfromnj
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To: freeperfromnj

Fox needs to snag Sanjay, Carol Costello, and Chad Myers. There is no reason to tune in. It's about time to fire Larry King. He needs to put his own kids to sleep instead of the viewers.


37 posted on 07/20/2005 10:07:40 AM PDT by russell4
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To: loudnproud
Soledad and Miles have about as much chemistry as two dead fish.

Dead fish have alot of chemistry, just smell them. ;^)

38 posted on 07/22/2005 4:02:27 PM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (Jabba the Hutt's bigger, meaner, uglier brother.)
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