Litvak leaving 'Morning'


NEW YORK -- "American Morning" executive producer Ed Litvak will leave the show in early March, CNN confirmed Monday.

Litvak's last day will be March 7. The network said it was his decision to leave.

He had worked at CNN since January 2004 and had been executive producer of "American Morning" since August 2006. A permanent replacement for Litvak has yet to be announced, but CNN said senior producer Barbara Simon would be in charge for now.

Litvak had taken over at "American Morning" after four months of running the show on a temporary basis following the departure of Kim Bondy. He had overseen the transition of the show from hosts Miles O'Brien and Soledad O'Brien to its current team of John Roberts and Kiran Chetry.

"Ed did a terrific job transitioning the new anchor team into place, and he has worked tirelessly to build a format for 'American Morning,' which we think is the right niche for CNN in the morning," a network spokeswoman said.

Before "American Morning," Litvak was a senior producer at "Paula Zahn Now" and had worked at NBC News.