Chris Cuomo Lands Gig at Struggling Cable Network NewsNation

Former CNN Cuomo Prime Time host, Chris Cuomo, will become part of the NewsNation primetime lineup come this fall. The news outlet backed by station owner Nexstar Media has made a series of acquisitions recently with hopes of bolstering its presence in the cable-news business dominated by CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC. Ratings so far have been middling even with the hiring of a team of seasoned journalists from rival channels like Dan Abrams from ABC News and MSNBC, Ashleigh Banfield from CNN and Leland Vittert from Fox. With such a large following, time will only tell how much of ratings boost Chris Cuomo’s presence will bring.

During an interview Tuesday night with Dan Abrams on NewsNation, Cuomo confirmed he is still in the midst of legal action against CNN and expressed regret for the way he left the network. Cuomo told Abrams,

“Being number one at CNN was a proud moment for me. It mattered more to me than I knew at the time when I was doing the job.”

Looking forward instead of back, Cuomo vowed in a prepared statement to cover “news wherever it happens” and hold “conversations that cater to common concerns and solutions rather than political parties or the political circus.”

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Before moving on to nightly news with Cuomo Prime Time, the anchor started out at CNN with the morning program New Day. Before that, he started out enjoying his long TV news career as a co-anchor on ABC’s 20/20 and a news anchor for Good Morning America. In his exclusive hour-long, no-punches-pulled interview with Abrams, Cuomo touched on several subjects, including his brother, ex-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who resigned after being accused of sexually harassing state employees while in office. The young brother explained that his decision to help his sibling was driven to protect his family’s legacy but now realizes his decisions had consequences beyond himself. He admitted to contacting reporters but added that his only intent was to find out when a story was going to publish and that he was not trying to manipulate the story.

Details about Cuomo’s new show will be announced later, but this did not stop Abrams from pressing for details. Cuomo did have some information to offer, including hints of interjecting personal opinions into the show.

“I’d like to say yes, because it’s a good sell,” Cuomo said. “But I’ve always been that way. I really don’t fake the funk.”

Cuomo added:

“I’m going to come to NewsNation and I want to build something special here. Work with Dan (Abrams), work with the team here. They’ve got great people who are really hungry to make a difference in ways that I think matter.”

In addition to employing media entrepreneur Dan Abrams, NewsNation is supervised by Michael Corn, a former longtime ABC News senior producer.