What Happened to HLN Morning News?

March 13, 2024

HLN, originally known as CNN Headline News when it launched in 1982, is a cable channel that has undergone tons of changes over the years. It began as a rolling news channel that focused on financial, entertainment and sports news, then pivoted in the 2000s to focus on personality-driven shows led by Glenn Beck and Nancy Grace. The channel has since returned to a more original dayside news format and focused on true crime programming in recent years.

In 2022, HLN's parent company, Warner Bros. Discovery Inc, merged with the true-crime network Investigation Discovery (ID). As part of a restructuring, the channel dropped original live news programs in favor of a simulcast of CNN This Morning and focused on ID's programming instead.

This meant the end of Morning Express With Robin Meade, a show that had been on the air for over 21 years. In a statement, Meade noted that the change was "due to the changing landscape of television."

Ratings for the show had been dropping as people shifted from traditional cable to streaming options. Those losses were increased as more people chose to cut the cord and give up their TV service completely.

The move is also expected to save the channel $100 million in expenses over time. As a result, it will reduce staff numbers, particularly in the news department. As of now, HLN only produces three live shows during the weekdays. These include Morning Express with Robin Meade, which runs from 6 to 10 a.m. ET each weekday, and Weekend Express with Susan Hendricks, which airs from 7 to noon on Saturdays and Sundays.

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