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Van Susteren jumps from CNN to Fox

Thursday, January 03, 2002

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- CNN program host Greta Van Susteren is jumping to Fox News Channel, continuing the lively rivalry between the two cable news networks.

Van Susteren, who rose to prominence at CNN as an on-air legal analyst during the O.J. Simpson trials, had until recently been host of two daily programs on CNN.

Fox News Channel plans to install Van Susteren as host of its 10 p.m. talk show. It has been looking for a regular host there since Paula Zahn left for CNN in September, a move that caused some bitterness at Fox.

"Greta has distinguished herself in both the legal and journalism fields and has also demonstrated an ability to attract a loyal viewership," said Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes.

In addition to filling a prime-time slot at Fox, Van Susteren's departure creates a hole at CNN. She had most recently been host of "The Point," a show created for her, that ran at 8 p.m. "The Point" was pre-empted frequently for news. CNN was regularly running a "Live from Afghanistan" program in the time slot over the holidays.

Kate Snow will replace Van Susteren on "The Point," at least temporarily.

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