CNN has announced that former NBC News anchor Kasie Hunt will join the news network as an anchor.
CNN in a statement on Tuesday shared that Hunt is set to be the first official anchor for its streaming service, CNN+, where she will host a daily show that covers politics on the platform.
Hunt will also serve as a chief national affairs analyst for the network, covering national and breaking news, according to the statement.
We are thrilled to welcome @kasie Hunt to CNN as our new anchor and chief national affairs analyst. Kasie will host a new daily politics show on @CNNPlus and her reporting and analysis will appear on both CNN+ and @CNN. Please join us in welcoming Kasie, CNN’s first CNN+ hire.— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) August 10, 2021
Variety first reported in July that CNN offered the rising star journalist an annual salary worth up to $1.5 million, a figure that NBC News couldn’t match.
During her eight-year run with NBC News, Hunt served as the lead anchor for “Way Too Early,” a regular contributor on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” and a Capitol Hill correspondent for the news franchise.
This comes as various news networks are making the shift toward streaming content.
MSNBC announced in July that it is developing a series for anchors Mika BrzezinskiMika Emilie BrzezinskiEx-NBC anchor Kasie Hunt to join CNN Biden nominates Mark Brzezinski to be U.S. ambassador to Poland Kasie Hunt headed to CNN after NBC departure: report MORE and Nicolle Wallace for its own streaming service Peacock, Variety reported.
Hunt is set to begin her tenure with CNN on Sept. 7, according to the statement.