Officially, Erin Burnett OutFront doesn’t debut until October 3rd. But you’d never know that if you walked through the OutFront newsroom. Like any other show team at CNN, the place buzzes with the energy of a staff working on deadline.
At noon, the show’s producers, writers, managers and Erin gather for a lively debate about what stories will make it into the night’s show–and which ones won’t. There’s a lot of laughing and some jokes that aren’t quite fit for broadcast. There’s also a lot of brains around the conference table, led by Erin, who sometimes seems to have sources or insight on any topic we can throw at her.
By late afternoon, the energy level in the newsroom’s rising. Bookers are working the phones, trying to lock in last minute guests. Producers are in contact with correspondents overseas, tracking the latest on a breaking story.
At 7 p.m., the floor crew’s in the studio–and Erin starts the show. In the control room, there’s anxiety as a satellite shot isn’t working. The rundown’s being re-worked and producers are still on the phones, running down the latest information. And the show’s really, really good. If only it was actually airing on CNN. But it’s not.
For a few weeks, we’ve been doing full rehearsals like this, going “on the air” without actually going on the air, at 7, and handing off to Anderson Cooper at 8.
What’s the show look like? Thankfully, you’ll get to see the real thing in just a few days.