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New Cnn News Program Will Cover World Scene

John Carmody The Washington Post

When the O.J. Simpson trial finally goes to the jury, CNN will premiere an hourlong newscast called “CNN Worldview” in the noon time slot.

The new program will focus on international stories. Bernard Shaw and Judy Woodruff will anchor out of Washington, Hilary Bowker from London.

Also, when the trial ends, Susan Rook’s “Talk Back Live” will move from 12:30 p.m. weekdays - during recesses in Judge Lance Ito’s court - to noon for a full hour.

And “Inside Politics,” anchored by Woodruff and Shaw, will return to 1 p.m.

And with the trial out of the way, CNN will launch a two-hour daily “CNN Today” starting at 10 a.m. It will be hosted by Lou Waters and Bobbie Battista, with news, sports, weather and interviews.

Needed - one talking head:

The syndicated “A Current Affair” now has a Washington bureau. What it doesn’t have, as it prepares for a Sept. 11 return for a new season, is a new anchor.

Geraldo Rivera, ostensibly with a reburnished image because of his presence on CNBC’s prime-time talk lineup with “Rivera Live,” last week turned down an offer from Fox to anchor “Affair” as part of a rumored package deal.

He is signed by Tribune Entertainment, which syndicates his daytime tabloid show, “Rivera,” through 1999.

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