King will contribute to that program as well as Anderson Cooper’s “AC360” and other programming.
King has been chief national correspondent for the news network since 2005. June 28 will be King’s last show.
CNN’s ratings have dropped more than 50 percent over 2011 and King was sitting behind Fox and MSNBC in his time slot.
BEHAR TO JOIN CURRENT TV
Joy Behar, co-host of “The View,” will host a one-hour primetime program on Al Gore’s Current TV beginning in September. It will feature social issues, politics and cultural topics and a rotating ensemble of journalists, analysts and satirists.
Behar is a “beloved veteran TV personality with her finger on the pulse of what viewers care about,” said Gore in a statement.
She will guest anchor Eliot Spitzer’s “Viewpoint” program for a week beginning June 18 while the former New York Governor takes a vacation. That program will be renamed “Joy Behar: One Week Only *Until the Fall.”
Behar has been with the View since 1997. She hosted the “The Joy Behar Show” on HLN until Dec. 15 of last year. She began her career in the early 1980s as a stand-up comedian.
OC REGISTER PARENT SOLD
Freedom Communications, parent company of the Orange County Register, has been acquired by 2100 Trust LLC, a Massachusetts-based equity company that has had its eye on the Boston Globe.
The deal also includes California papers Barstow Desert Dispatch, Marysville Appeal-Democrat, Victorville Daily Press, Porterville Recorder plus The Sun in Yuma, Ariz. and The Gazetter of Colorado Springs.
“While providing the value that our shareholders have sought, this transaction also ensures Freedom’s communities that our newspapers serve will continue to receive the outstanding service that has been our hallmark,” said Freedom CEO Mitch Stern said in a statement. “Our employees will be able to continue the community journalism at which they so excel.”
The deal marks a two-year sell-off process by Freedom, which emerged from bankruptcy in 2010. Last November, Freedom unloaded its eight-member TV group to Sinclair Broadcast Group for $385M.
Raymond Cyrus “R.C.” Hoiles bought what is now the Orange County Register in 1935 as the foundation for Freedom. Kushner, who was head of Marian Heath Greeting Cards, launched the 2100 Trust in 2009.
Kelly Mullens, who handled PR for Ryan Seacrest Productions while serving as executive VP at 42West, will join the company as its first PR executive on July 9. She will be in charge of communications, business development, marketing, community relations, sponsorship and philanthropy. Mullens will report to Seacrest and work closely with CEO Adam Sher.