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Working Hard Every Night, On a Show That's Not Yet 'Real'
September 27th, 2011
08:52 PM ET

Working Hard Every Night, On a Show That's Not Yet 'Real'

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.


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  1. Harry Valencia

    You gave warmth and "spunk" to a cold and calculating industry as a business reporter. Looking forward to this new facet in your professional life. I think when it is all said and done you will be one of the best

    October 1, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Reply
  2. You are an outstanding reporter ... the best to you. Look forward to seeing the show.

    I'm 69 and a woman who had gone to college in the 70s (majoring in journalism) while my husband and I were raising three small children. We were part of (and still are) the Peace Movement, and active in Pax Christi, the international Catholic Peace Movement. Women were only beginning to be seen in TV news roles in the 70s, and rarely. What a breath of fresh air these days. Onward, dear sisters!!!

    September 30, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  3. Mark

    Erin,
    I think you are awesome and I'm typically at the gym when your show runs but I'm getting my the live TV activated on my Bold 9930 so I can watch it. I always felt you had the best, most intelligent comments on CNBC. I'm grateful there are real professionals in the news business vs. the anchors that just shout their views.
    Thank you for being awesome! I'm watching your show so I can get real insights to the issues.

    September 30, 2011 at 11:36 am | Reply
  4. Duckman

    We've missed Erin and glad she'll be back on air soon. Break a leg.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:11 am | Reply
  5. Christine

    Good luck on the new show. I am looking forward to it a lot.

    September 28, 2011 at 7:54 am | Reply
  6. Alan Stradtler

    Looking forwad to Oct. 3rd.. ;-)

    September 28, 2011 at 7:32 am | Reply
  7. Mark Tyler

    What did Mark Haines say the first day on Street Signs? As I heard of it anyway, "Give this girl something to do." LOL

    September 28, 2011 at 4:51 am | Reply

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