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US: Anderson Cooper to host daytime talk show

Friday, 1 October 2010 | By Cyril Washbrook

Anderson Cooper, the CNN anchor and soon-to-be talk show host (Source: CNN)

Anderson Cooper, the CNN anchor and soon-to-be talk show host (Source: CNN)

Anderson Cooper, the CNN anchor, will host a syndicated daytime talk show to be broadcast on local stations around the United States from next year.

Announcing the deal with Cooper, Warner Bros. and Telepictures Production said that the new one-hour show would contain a mixture of content, with a focus on "social issues, trends and events, pop culture and celebrity, human interest stories and populist news".

"With this new program I hope to relay important information and relate to people and the audience in a completely different way. It's an exciting opportunity to show another side of myself and create something worthwhile and special in daytime," said Cooper.

Cooper, 43, will continue hosting  Anderson Cooper 360°, which airs at 10:00pm (EST) on CNN. The deal for the talk show was worked out between Warner Bros., Telepictures and CNN: as part of the final agreement, Cooper signed a multi-year agreement with the news broadcaster, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"I remain as committed as ever to my program on CNN, and will be with CNN for years to come," Cooper said in a statement.

Warner Bros. and Telepictures said that the time was right for a new nationally syndicated talk show, given that "long established franchises are leaving the air": namely, Oprah Winfrey.

"Anderson Cooper is one of the most distinctive voices of the next generation of television. His popularity and skills uniquely position him to be the next big syndication franchise," said Ken Werner, the president of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.

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