Anderson Cooper’s Latest Adventure: Daytime

Media Decoder’s Brian Stelter is reporting that Roger Sterling Anderson Cooper will host a light-hearted daytime talk show starting next year, while remaining on CNN.

The syndication arm of Warner Bros. said Thursday that it had signed a deal with Mr. Cooper to host a daytime show starting in the fall of 2011. The untitled show will be topical, covering “social issues, trends and events, pop culture and celebrity, human interest stories and populist news,” the company said in a news release.

Mr. Cooper is also renewing his contract with CNN, where he hosts the channel’s signature newscast, “Anderson Cooper 360,” weeknights at 10 p.m. His existing contract was believed to be up in 2011. “I remain as committed as ever to my program on CNN, & will be with CNN for years to come,” Mr. Cooper said in a statement.

Warner Bros. and CNN are sister units of Time Warner.

How Cooper will balance the daytime gig with trips abroad to collect awards report will be interesting to see.

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Joel Meares is a former CJR assistant editor.