Jeff Zucker on CNN’s “New Day”
Yes, I’m late getting to this. Work swamped me yesterday. The Huffington Post’s Katherine Fung writes about CNN’s presser yesterday for it’s upcoming “New Day” morning program…
He added that the lesson he took from the Curry fiasco at “Today” was that chemistry between co-hosts is the key ingredient to a successful show. He said he had tested Cuomo opposite five different anchors before settling on Bolduan.
“When we put Kate next to Chris, you just knew and [the chemistry] was there and as it unfolded, you saw it,” he said. “And I’ll tell you about the first time I met Michaela. I was like ‘Holy shit, where have you been?'”
Zucker confirmed reports that he had talked to Erin Burnett about moving to mornings, but said they were unable to hammer out a deal. “I had two conversations with Erin about the morning and in the end we both decided that it was probably more important for her and more important for the network for her to stay where she is at 7,” he explained. Burnett also “preferred” not to wake up so early, he added.
As for the format of “New Day,” senior executive producer Jim Murphy said viewers can expect a “super newsy” show, but one that is “looser, a bit more fun, and hopefully a bit more interesting” than what he said CNN has been known for in the past.