It's been a convulsive few months at CNBC. In late May longtime host and "Squawk Box" icon, Mark Haines died suddenly one evening at his home in N.J. The cause of death and the conclusion of the county coroner can be found, here.
The shock and grief experienced by his on-air compatriots and all those that contributed to Squawk and its sister show, Squawk on the Street (SOTS) was palpable as they learned the news and soldiered on with the broadcast the very next morning.
It left a gaping hole in CNBC's morning programming, because Haines' co-host on SOTS, Erin Burnett left the show a short time prior to the death of Haines. Burnett had chosen to depart at the end of her contract to accept a position to host her own show on CNN.
Only a week ago, a new-look hosting corps was rolled out across Squawk and SOTS. Melissa Lee and Carl Quintanilla were added to the SOTS crew as the new anchors for the 9:00 am hour. Quintanilla moves over from Squawk Box and Lee gets a new hosting opportunity in addition to her daily show, "Fast Money" that airs at 5:00 pm.
Along with Quintanilla and Lee came Jim "Mad Money" Kramer who will take part in SOTS on a regular basis, while maintaining the craziness of "Mad Money" later in the day. Simon Hobbs was named as host for the 10:00 am hour of SOTS.
Quintanilla announced that the two morning programs will be blended each day for portions of the final half-hour of Squawk and the first segment or two of SOTS. Their first attempt at that produced a screen visual in which there were six talking heads in their own individual boxes on the screen, in something akin to "Hollywood Squares."
CNBC was not done adding juice to the morning shows as evidenced by this week's announcement about the addition of Andrew Ross Sorkin. Mediaite.com reported on the hiring and explained that Sorkin is meant to replace Quintanilla on Squawk Box.
The network welcomed Sorkin in an internal memo sent to staff.from its senior vice president, Nikhil Deogun. "As a CNBC contributor, Andrew has long been an extended member of both the CNBC and Squawk families, and we’re pleased he will now be a part of our morning team… Andrew will continue to write his widely read column for The New York Times, which has an online partnership with CNBC, as well as help oversee DealBook, the online news site he founded."
It's been quite a couple of years for Andrew Ross Sorkin, with the overwhelming success of his best-selling book "Too Big to Fail", that chronicled the final days of the financial collapse on Wall Street and at AIG. The book was made into an HBO made for television docudrama which premiered last month on the cable network.
CNBC has to hope that they can keep viewers who came to love Haines and then Burnett with the new look of the two Squawks, and the pumped up lineup of analysts.
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