Credit: Smerconish.com

Credit: Smerconish.com

This just in from the good people at CNN:

Michael Smerconish will join CNN as host of a new weekly program that will air live on Saturday mornings from New York, it was announced today by CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker. Smerconish will also provide analysis and opinion on CNN programming throughout the week. He joins the network this month. …

Said Smerconish, “I’ve long wanted to host a program of my own and I’m appreciative of Jeff Zucker for making that dream a reality. I think the type of content I seek to provide is perfectly suited for CNN’s non-ideological brand.”

In the release, Zucker praised Smerconish — he’s MSNBC contributor and frequent guest host for Chris Matthews on “Hardball” — for his political “independence.”