CNN Expands Jake Tapper’s Duties and Weekday Show

Jake Tapper, the Washington-based correspondent for CNN, will likely get a new spotlight at the network after it said it would expand his weekday program to two hours and make him the lead anchor for all Washington events. The move is part of a broader shakeup of the cable-news outlet’s Washington coverage, which has taken over more of the schedule in the last few months of the Trump administration.

As part of the changes, Abby Phillip will take over as anchor of the weekend broadcast of “Inside Politics,” while Dana Bash will co-anchor the Sunday talk program “State of the Union” with Tapper. Tapper and Bash will each anchor two Sundays a month, beginning January 24th.

CNN placed other prominent Washington operatives in new slots. Jim Acosta, whose profile has grown as CNN’s chief White House correspondent, will take on weekend anchoring duties of a program that will be detailed in days to come. Pamela Brown, a senior White House correspondent, will take over as anchor of the evening weekend broadcasts of “CNN Newsroom.”

CNN said John King would continue to host the weekday edition of “Inside Politics” and remain as the network’s chief national correspondent.

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