NEW YORK (CBS) – Big changes are coming to “The Early Show” next year.
Starting Jan. 3, Erica Hill and CBS 2′s Chris Wragge will be the new co-anchors of CBS News’ morning program. Jeff Glor will serve as the broadcast’s news anchor.
Marysol Castro, formerly of ABC’s “Good Morning America” weekend edition, will join the team as the weather anchor.
The appointments were announced Tuesday by Sean McManus, president of CBS News and Sports, and David Friedman, “Early Show” executive producer.
“‘The Early Show’ is an important element of CBS News,” McManus said in a statement. “We constantly focus on how to improve the broadcast, and we think we have a terrific combination in Erica, Chris, Jeff and Marysol. In the year since David has taken the helm, he has produced some outstanding programming and shown a deep, thoughtful understanding of morning television. This new team brings vibrancy, intelligence and warmth that I think America will grow to love.”
Wragge has been the 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. news anchor for WCBS-TV since November 2006.
“Erica, Chris, Jeff and Marysol are four accomplished broadcasters who already have proven track records and loyal followings. Together, they’re going to be even stronger,” Friedman added. “This group is the perfect combination of intelligence and personality for morning television, and I’m excited to give viewers the opportunity to welcome them into their homes each morning.”
Hill and Wragge have co-anchored the Saturday edition of “The Early Show” since 2008. Hill also has been news anchor for “The Early Show” since January of this year.
Glor has anchored the Saturday edition of the “CBS Evening News” and been a national correspondent reporting for all CBS News broadcasts since 2009. He has also been a substitute anchor for the “CBS Evening News” since March 2007.
The current cast of “The Early Show” – Harry Smith, Maggie Rodriguez and Dave Price – will remain at the network in new roles, according to the statement.
Smith will become the primary substitute anchor on the “CBS Evening News,” “Face the Nation” and “Sunday Morning,” while continuing to report major stories for all CBS News broadcasts.
The network is discussing ongoing roles for Rodriguez and Price.
“We appreciate Harry, Maggie and Dave’s countless contributions to ‘The Early Show’ and are looking forward to the contributions they each will continue to make at CBS News,” McManus said.
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