Inside Politics is a political talk show, broadcast on CNN. Originally hosted by Catherine Crier and Bernard Shaw, and then Shaw and Judy Woodruff, the show ran from 1992 – 2005 before being cancelled. The program was revived in 2014 and is now hosted by John King on weekdays and Abby Phillip on Sunday mornings.
The show is broadcast weekdays noon to 1:00 pm Eastern Time/11:00 am to noon Central Time on CNN/US (sometimes branded as CNN Newsroom), and Sundays 8:00 am to 9:00 am ET/7:00 am to 8:00 am CT on CNN from CNN’s studios in Washington D.C. The Sunday edition is also aired on CNN International although on occasions the weekday edition is also broadcast on the International network.
The show was originally broadcast for more than 10 years. From 1993 to its cancellation in June 2005, Judy Woodruff was the co-host and then host. She did not renew her contract and joined the PBS NewsHour in 2006.
In January 2014, the network announced that Inside Politics would return beginning Sunday, February 2, 2014, hosted by CNN’s chief national correspondent, John King.
Following the success, the Sunday morning program was expanded into an hour, as well as additional weekday broadcast at noon ET. However, during certain times, the weekday edition of the program might be pre-empted by CNN Newsroom, the program that both precedes and succeeds Inside Politics. One of the major example were during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, where cable news ratings skyrocketed. Due to the need of more hard news coverage of the pandemic and lack of political news, Inside Politics was pre-empted by CNN Newsroom during that 12:00 p.m. hour. However, John King remained as the host for that block of CNN Newsroom.
In January 2021, CNN announced that Abby Phillip would take over as the host of the weekend edition of the show. As for that change, the weekend program was rebranded as Inside Politics Sunday with Abby Phillip, while John King remains as host of the weekday edition.
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