CBS is making sweeping changes to its third place morning program The Early Show.
The network is moving weekend Early Show anchors Chris Wragge and Erica Hill to weekday duty and adding Jeff Glor as the newsreader. Marysol Castro, the former weather and feature correspondent for the weekend edition of Good Morning America, will also join the program. The new team starts January 3.
Wragge has been co-anchor of the 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. news for the CBS-owned station in New York since 2006. Hill handled news anchoring duties on CNN before joining CBS in 2008. Glor has been an anchor for the CBS Evening News on Saturday and a correspondent.
Current Early Show co-anchors Harry Smith, on his second go-around with the program, will remain with CBS as the primary substitute for the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, Face the Nation and CBS Sunday Morning. Maggie Rodriguez and Dave Price are discussing new assignments at the network. All three were just told of the moves today. Julie Chen has already found a new home on the network as moderator of the new CBS daytime chat fest The Talk. Chen will remain as a contributor to The Early Show.
The Early Show has long been the third-rated program behind NBC's Today and ABC's Good Morning America, but has remained profitable, although less so in recent years as the advertising market has suffered.