Ashleigh Banfield is exiting noontime program “Legal View” on CNN to host her own series in the weeknight 8 p.m. ET hour on HLN in place of departing Nancy Grace. She will take over the time period on Monday, October 17. Banfield “will bring her legal experience and views to HLN prime, tackling the day’s most pressing social and legal issues mixed with her own passionate point of view and spirited conversation,” said Ken Jautz, the CNN executive vice president who oversees HLN, in a prepared statement.
Banfield said she expected to continue to contribute to CNN legal coverage, and would most likely make appearances on it air. She has served stints at Court TV and ABC News, and the Fox-owned KDFW.
A weekday version of “Inside Politics,” the John King-hosted Sunday half-hour, will take over her CNN time slot through the election. The new hour will be produced by the same team that supervised Banfield’s “Legal View.”