Former WFSB anchor Gayle King turnes up her sparse,temporary office in New York City and make herself ready to taker on the world. She is stepping out of her home in Connecticut to join a newly formatted “CBS This Morning.”.
King said of her new career “I am nervous, pressured, exhilarated, thrilled and very humbled. I’m so glad to see you” smile. “It is a very different kind of morning news show, and from the moment you see the way it opens Monday, you will be hooked and intrigued.”
CBS is teaming her up with PBS’ Charlie Rose and Erica Hill for a new hard hitting news format that will hopefully save the morning show from its awful ratings. The show has consistently been among the lowest rated in the 7-9 am slot.
“The thing is, CBS hasn’t been number one in that time slot since ‘Captain Kangaroo. We are all very mindful of that, and I feel tremendous pressure because there is a lot at stake here. We all want to be part of turning the train around.”
King will be anchoring the 8-9 am time slot with limited appearances before that. She will not be leaving her position of Editor At Large of “O” The Oprah Winfrey Magazine. It is the close relationship with Oprah Winfrey that has caused her a tabloid headache as of late. The gossip pages have been suggesting that she was only offered the CBS job because of her close connection with Oprah.
King addressed the issue saying, “CBS is not giving out jobs because you are a person’s friend. It doesn’t work that way.” She is more than content with her qualifications, her three Emmy awards and her long list of qualifications to show that she didn’t just get thing job, she earned it. ” I don’t take this for granted. This chance is a win, lose or draw. I plan to win,” she added.
|Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Erica Hill, hosts of the brand new CBS News morning broadcast|