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'John King, USA' to launch March 22 on CNN in Lou Dobbs' former time slot

March 5, 2010 | 11:49 am

CNN announced Friday that John King’s new 4 p.m. PST show will launch March 22 under the name “John King, USA,” a nod to the anchor’s intentions to broaden the focus beyond Washington. King recently visited all 50 states in 50 weeks for “State of the Union,” the CNN Sunday show he anchored until last month, when the network tapped Candy Crowley as his successor. In his new time slot, King is taking the spot once occupied by Lou Dobbs, who abruptly left the network in November.

King, who gained prominence during the 2008 campaign as an adept user of CNN’s “Magic Wall,” is already working to incorporate new media into his show. He tweeted clues about the name of the program and plans to webcast the final rehearsal before the launch on on March 19.

-- Matea Gold