CNN re-ups anchors King, Blitzer to 2013


CNN has locked up two of its stars through at least the term of President-elect Barack Obama.

Wolf Blitzer and John King, both big parts of the network's political coverage, signed deals that run through Inauguration Day 2013. Financial terms weren't announced.

Blitzer joined CNN in 1990, gained fame covering the Pentagon during the Gulf War and was White House correspondent during the Clinton administration. Blitzer has been anchor of the "Situation Room" afternoon news block since August 2005 and anchor of the Sunday public-affairs show "Late Edition" for almost 11 years.

The new contract calls for Blitzer to leave "Late Edition" on Jan. 11. He'll remain as anchor of "Situation Room" as well as all primetime and political news coverage.

King joined CNN in 1997 and has covered politics and the White House. He is and will remain chief national correspondent but in mid-January will anchor a new four-hour Sunday block that replaces "Late Edition."

King's new show, still untitled, will run from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. ET and include "Reliable Sources," hosted by Washington Post reporter Howard Kurtz. (partialdiff)