In an exclusive article, Variety has reported that the rising star of NBC News Kasie Hunt has left the network and will be joining CNN’s streaming video services. Two people familiar with the matter said that she would soon join CNN. She will focus on content to be produced for streaming viewers.
Friday morning, Kasie Hunt surprised viewers and some of her colleagues by announcing that she is doing the last broadcast of her early morning MSNBC program “Way Too Early.” She said that it was going to be her final broadcast “with all of you.” She also said that she would reveal details of her new adventure in the following weeks. She also thanked her colleagues at NBC News and at MSNBC with a shout out to Mika, Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski.
She didn’t say that she would be joining CNN in an attempt to push the Warner-Media cable news outlet into fast growing streaming services, but sources say that she will be joining the network as a part of the huge gamble on streaming services by CNN’s president Jeff Zucker. She has reportedly been offered a salary between 1 to 1.5 million, an amount that NBC reportedly said it could not match.
The Capitol hill correspondent started working for NBC News in 2013. She worked as an off-air producer and then joined a Sunday Night MSNBC program called “Kasie DC” where she remained till September. Following this she hosted the early morning slot of the cable news network.
Kasie also appeared in other programs such as “NBC Nightly News” and “Meet the Press.” She also took over anchor Chuck Todd’s role on “MTP Daily” whenever required. However, she rose higher in prominence when she co-anchored big political nights with Todd on the network’s new streaming outlet NBC News Now.
Streaming services have been adopted by all the major TV News divisions including the pioneering CBS who started CBSN as well as GMA3 on ABC. Fox Nation is the streaming service of Fox News Network.
Variety contacted CNN spokespersons for comment on Friday morning but did not receive a response. Hunt was also sent a query via social media, but she also did not reply.