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(CNN) -- Anderson Cooper's new hours are now a permanent part of CNN's schedule.

Cooper, who has been joining Aaron Brown for CNN's 10 p.m. ET news program "NewsNight," will become the host of that show, which will be retitled "Anderson Cooper 360," the name of Cooper's 7 p.m. program. The show will air from its new 10 p.m. timeslot beginning Monday, November 7.

Aaron Brown, who had been hosting "NewsNight," is leaving the network, according to Jon Klein, president of CNN/U.S.

"Anderson is one of the most distinctive voices anywhere on television," said Klein in a press release. "He has broken through the clutter with his candor, his humanity and his emotional connection to the most pressing stories of our time. As a result, he has gained a strong following among viewers that we hope to build on."

Brown, added Klein in an e-mail, "will be leaving CNN and is very much looking forward to some well-deserved time off with his family. ... On a nightly basis, Aaron has provided our audiences with insight into the events of the United States and the world with eloquence and the highest journalist integrity. ... Personally, I will miss Aaron and his wicked sense of humor."

Other shows in CNN's schedule are changing as well. "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" will now air from 7 to 8 p.m., in addition to a two-hour afternoon block from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. In addition, "Live From," anchored by Kyra Phillips, will extend one hour and will now air from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

"Anderson Cooper 360" will reflect Cooper's "eclectic range of interests," said David Doss, senior executive producer of the show. "We will delve in depth into the issues that viewers care about but don't have time to decipher each day."

Before joining CNN, Cooper was an ABC News correspondent and host of the network's reality program, "The Mole." Cooper joined ABC from Channel One News, where he served as chief international correspondent, reporting stories from Bosnia, Iran, Israel, Russia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa and Vietnam.

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