CNN Daybreak

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CNN Daybreak
Starring Carol Costello
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Running time 60 minutes
Original network CNN
Original release June 1, 1980 – November 25, 2005

CNN Daybreak is an American early morning news television program aired on CNN, anchored from New York by Carol Costello. It debuted on June 1, 1980, the same day CNN went live.

First program[edit]

The first program to air live weekdays on the network, it preceded American Morning at 5:00 a.m. ET. Similar to First Look on MSNBC, the program was based on covering the news stories of the morning without talk and analysis, usually with correspondents on location or taped stories from the previous evening.

Until 2005[edit]

Until spring 2005, Daybreak was aired from the CNN Center in Atlanta. Costello then moved to New York following her marriage. The show moved to the Time Warner Center shortly after.

In October 2005, as a cost-cutting measure, the program was canceled. The last official broadcast was on November 25, 2005. Carol Costello graciously bid her crew farewell, thanking them, and telling viewers how much they will be missed.[1] Carol currently is an anchor on HLN, based in Los Angeles.

After cancellation[edit]

The timeslot was occupied by a rerun of Anderson Cooper 360, with the 6am hour being replaced by American Morning which expanded. The Anderson Cooper 360 rerun was usually replaced with an early live edition of American Morning if there is breaking news. It was then replaced by American Morning Wake-Up Call until the cancellation of American Morning. Both hours are now occupied by Early Start.

In the early 1990s, there were 3 Daybreaks in the morning. At 6am CNN Daybreak with Rick Moore and Molly McCoy, at 7am CNN Daybreak with Bob Cain in Atlanta and Norma Quarles in New York and at 8am CNN Daybreak with Rick Moore and Molly McCoy.


  1. ^ kaue95 (25 November 2005). "Carol Costello Last Show". Youtube. Retrieved 21 February 2012.

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