John King, Wolf Blitzer re-up with CNN

Deals keep anchors at network through 2013

NEW YORK -- CNN has locked up two of its stars through at least the end of the potential first adminstration of President-elect Barack Obama.

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

For Blitzer, it means calling CNN home for another four years. Blitzer joined CNN in 1990, gained fame covering the Pentagon during the Persian Gulf war and was White House correspondent during the Clinton administration. He has been anchor of the "Situation Room" afternoon news block since August 2005 and anchor of Sunday public-affairs show "Late Edition" for what will be 11 years on Jan. 11.

But 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 on CNN.

That's where the deal with King begins. The former AP correspondent joined CNN in 1997 and covered politics and the White House. He is and will remain chief national correspondent, but in mid-January, just before the inauguration, King will anchor a new four-hour Sunday block that will replace "Late Edition."

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

CNN also said that a version of the digital "magic wall" that King used to success during the primary and election season will follow him to the new show.