FTVLive is reporting that Alina Cho is out at CNN…
Sources say that Cho who joined the CNN in February 2004 quietly left the network a week ago.
Word is that her contract was not renewed.
FTVLive is reporting that Alina Cho is out at CNN…
Sources say that Cho who joined the CNN in February 2004 quietly left the network a week ago.
Word is that her contract was not renewed.
CNN announced that it bumped up Crossfire and 360 Later’s debuts…
CNN Moves Up Premieres of ‘CROSSFIRE,’ ‘AC360° Later’ to Sept. 9
CNN today confirmed it will accelerate the launch plans for two of its new fall programs, CROSSFIRE and AC360° Later. In light of rapidly changing events impacting the American response to the Syrian humanitarian crisis, launches for both new shows have been moved forward to premiere on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, on CNN/U.S.
CROSSFIRE, the 30-minute topical debate program, will air Mondays through Fridays at 6:30pm, with encores at 2:00am on CNN/U.S. CROSSFIRE will also air each weeknight on CNN International at 11:30pm. Episodes of AC360° Later, the 60-minute panel discussion program hosted by CNN’s Anderson Cooper, will focus on a range of news and pop culture topics with informed guests and correspondents, and will air Mondays through Thursdays on CNN/U.S. and CNN International at 10:00pm. All times Eastern.
Hosted by S.E. Cupp, Stephanie Cutter, Newt Gingrich, and Van Jones, the network’s new edition of CROSSFIRE will reflect the format of the classic program, featuring two of its regular hosts, from different ideological perspectives, to discuss the key news and cultural issues of the day. A guest with special insights on the topic central to that day’s debate will join in the discussion with the hosts, each of whom themselves have special areas of subject expertise.
CNN announced this morning that the network has hired Jim Scuitto to be its Chief National Security Correspondent…
Jim Sciutto Joins CNN as Chief National Security Correspondent
Jim Sciutto has been named CNN’s chief national security correspondent, effective immediately. Further bolstering CNN’s newsgathering capabilities from the nation’s capital, Sciutto will report and provide analysis on all aspects of U.S. national security, including foreign policy, the military, terrorism, and the intelligence community. He will appear across the network’s programs and platforms. The announcement was made today by Sam Feist, Washington bureau chief and senior vice president.
“Jim’s vast experience reporting firsthand from around the globe will provide viewers with rich perspective on important stories domestically and abroad,” said Feist. “I am delighted to welcome him to our team.”
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Today’s news that Howard Kurtz’s new media show MediaBuzz will be slotted against his old Reliable Sources show on CNN certainly sets the stage for a showdown of sorts. If FNC should win the hour handily on the first airing, I would expect FNC to maximize the PR potential. Although we haven’t seen a lot of cross network warfare with anonymous sniping and Photoshop cheap shots aimed at CNN of the type which happened back when Jon Klein was running CNN (and yes I DO miss those days as they kept things interesting), one could think this case might be an exception this time since Kurtz was with CNN for so long and FNC did snap him up quickly.
That Rachel Nichols was going to get a show on CNN was never in question. What is in question is why Fridays at 10:30pm? Let me list the reasons why this doesn’t make sense…
1. It splits the 10pm hour in half.
2. It ruins the flow of AC360′s new “AC360 Later” roundtable show. Presumably it will air from 10-10:30pm but that’s half an hour less than it will air the rest of the week (unless CNN is only planning on airing it a half hour M-Th which is something I have seen no indication of happening). This may undercut AC360 Later to some extent but to what extent is unknown.
3. Sports at 10:30pm on a Friday? Up against Sportcenter? That’s a tough draw.
A weekend slot would have been a better fit for a weekly show. This move just doesn’t make sense to me at all.
Mashable’s Lauren Idvik writes about CNN’s ambitious digital makeover…
“The future of CNN is as much about digital as about television, if not more.”
With those words, CNN President Jeff Zucker kicked off a press event in Manhattan on Wednesday, where the network unveiled its impending digital makeover. It’s a multi-platform effort CNN is planning to spend $15 million on this year.
On the consumer-facing side, CNN will get a new website — a darker, more streamlined version of its current site, which was released in 2009. Gone is the long left-hand column with dozens of linked headlines; the site gives play to a single big story above the fold, both on the homepage and on its section pages, like The Huffington Post’s front page.
The bigger the story, the bigger the image or video that accompanies it: Expect really big stories to bleed to the edges of the screen, accompanied by a single headline. The colors of the site will change, too, from darker hues for less urgent stories, to bold reds for something like the Boston Marathon bombing.
Beneath the fold is a “News” heading, followed by beige Pinterest-like boxes of content. Some of these boxes feature lists of stories; others, a single story with a headline, thumbnail and lede. Video clips often take the place of thumbnails, which can be watched without leaving the page.
CNN.com brought in 42 million unique visitors last month in the United States, the network says.
Newscast Studio notes something that echoes the worst of CNN’s 2008 campaign coverage…
Multichannel News’ Andrea Morabito writes about HLN President Scot Safon leaving the network…
HLN chief Scot Safon is leaving the network at the end of August, a CNN spokeswoman confirmed. CNN/U.S. executive vice president Ken Jautz will oversee the channel in the interim.
Safon is a 22-year veteran of Turner, spending the past 11 years at HLN and 11 years at TNT before that. His exit is just one move in a larger restructuring by CNN Worldwide chief Jeff Zucker, which he outlined in a memo to staff on Wednesday.
Bloomberg head of U.S. Television Andrew Morse is joining the network as senior vice president of CNN/U.S. overseeing domestic newsgathering and digital editorial efforts. Now Meredith Artley and the digital editorial team, Terence Burke and the domestic newsgathering operation, and Sam Feist and the DC programming team will all report to Morse.
Tony Maddox, who had some oversight of newsgathering, will now focus solely on international operations, including CNN International and CNN en Espanol. Senior vice president Michael Bass will add oversight of New York and Atlanta based programming with morning executive producer Jim Murphy, vice president of programming Janelle Rodriguez and the primetime executive producers reporting to him.
Amy Entelis, senior vice president of talent and program development will now report directly to Zucker and Fox News’ Nancy Duffy will join CNN as vice president of program development reporting to Entelis. Courtney Sexton is joining the network as senior director of CNN Films, reporting to Vinnie Malhotra.
I’m late to this but there is no way I was going to ignore it. Yesterday’s news that CNN would abandon straight news for tawdry courtroom drama for one whole hour during the day is the worst sign yet that the network is slowly losing its soul in an attempt to grab some of HLN’s cheap easy Courtroom ratings.
Think about that. For one hour during the day, CNN will emphasize courtroom drama over news that transpires. Surely I am overdramatizing the situation you say? I’m not. And don’t call me Shirley.
For this to work, for the brand CNN wants there to be established, the network will have to eschew news in favor courtroom theatrics. This won’t be some kind of dry Fareed Zakaria style thinking man’s courtroom analysis of key legal issues, which would actually be interesting for legal types to watch but has never been attempted anywhere on cable news daily save for maybe Burden of Proof. Nothing against Banfield, but that just isn’t the target audience CNN is going after here. It’s after the Tot mom demo. In order to get it, it will have to consistently de-emphasize regular news that breaks during that hour in order to lure and keep those eyeballs.
You know what this means, right? It means FNC is now the only cable news network doing news as its brand at that dayside hour…well until Al Jazeera America launches anyways. I wonder if Ted Turner ever contemplated such a development?
Speaking of the Tot mom demo, what the heck ever happened to Kyra Phillips show on HLN at 12ET? Let me remind you what that show was supposed to be about by quoting from its press release prior to launch in February:
Live two-hour weekday show to cover day’s top news stories through a parental lens
Launching Monday, Feb. 4, HLN anchor Kyra Phillips hosts a two-hour daily show that covers the nation’s major news stories and explores their impact on American families. Raising America with Kyra Phillips examines topical issues that relate to home, children and today’s modern families, and draws viewer engagement through social media and interactive online posts.
As it covers the daily news scene, Raising America will go deeper on topics that hit home for parents, including childhood obesity, safety in our schools and teens oversharing on social media to their future detriment. Contributors to the program include some of the most intriguing and popular bloggers speaking to parents today, such as Heather Armstrong, Charlie Capen, Jill Smokler, Tom Matlack and Krystel Spell, among many others.
Every time I tune in at 12 on HLN it’s leading off with some courtroom story. It’s like everyone over at HLN has completely forgot what this show was supposed to do after the network struck ratings paydirt aping the now defunct CourtTV.
CNN announced some changes to its schedule, including a half hour (!!!) Crossfire, a new AC 360 panel analysis format at 10pm and an extra hour of Wolf Blitzer at 1pm ET. Obvious question: are Suzanne Malveaux’s days numbered? It’s her hour that Blitzer is taking over…
CNN to debut Crossfire, AC 360° Later on Monday, Sept. 16
Wolf Blitzer Adds Anchoring 1 p.m. Hour of CNN’s Newsroom to his Situation Room Role
CNN today announced that Crossfire, hosted by Newt Gingrich, Stephanie Cutter, S.E. Cupp and Van Jones, will debut Monday, Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. ET. Also, AC 360° Later, a new prime time program, will air Monday through Thursday at 10 p.m. ET.
Crossfire, the classic debate program, will resemble the show’s original format withpassionate conversation and focus on topical events of the day. The daily, 30-minute program will feature two hosts and guests each night, discussing a range of issues from all sides of the political and cultural spectrum. In addition to the weekday show, the Crossfire co-hosts will appear across the network’s programming.
The Washington Times’ Jessiza Chasmar turns in a ridiculous story regarding what seems to me to be a co-incidence…
As the world waited with baited breath to hear news of the royal birth Monday, CNN made an unfortunate ticker mistake that caused the Twitterverse to erupt with questions.
Under the headline, “Duchess Catherine gives birth to a son,” reads the headline, “Child pronounced dead on the scene.”
“CNN did a fine job on the royal birthing, but one badly place chyron is all that’ll be remembered,” Washington Times columnist Joseph Curl tweeted.
“It just takes one rogue intern with a keyboard to put the entire world in a state of panic,” another person wrote.
What utter crap. The idea that a ticker blurb comes on the screen about the death of a child, obviously from somewhere else, at the same time as CNN puts up a lower third about the Royals and their new baby, means the two are connected is so tin foil it defies further conjecture. The two are not connected and never were connected. It was a bizarre coincidence. Anyone who read anything more in that has to be a raving loon. And The Times should have known better before even letting this abysmal story on their website.
Today Gretawire took on the subject of Brian Stelter guest hosting CNN’s media show in a couple weeks…
Brian Stelter of The New York Times whose VERY job is to report on the cable news media ( and yes, usually with a handful of anonymous sources and the topic is TV and not national security!) is going to guest host the CNN media show August 11.
Stelter writes about CNN ( and MS/NBC and Fox News ) and is now either hustling CNN or the other way around…there is no clearer conflict of interest. Stelter now knows where his bread is buttered now (and where is the New York Times Public Editor?)
I think Greta is getting a little ahead of herself here. What she suggests is one possible outcome out of many possible outcomes that could transpire over this. And I don’t think it’s the most likely outcome either…
For starters, this isn’t a permanent gig. At least not yet. It’s just one guest hosting. There is a difference. When Howard Kurtz anchored Reliable Sources there was a history of years of shows from which people could, fairly or unfairly, draw conclusions on how Kurtz handled his program and his dual role as both CNN talent and “independent” media writer…and if you dig around you’ll find compelling arguments on both sides of the spectrum regarding Kurtz and the charge of conflict of interest. But for Stelter, this is just one show. He won’t be able to put his imprint on the show the way Kurtz could precisely because it was Kurtz’s show and it isn’t Stelter’s.
I think he’ll do fine
Do I wish Stelter hadn’t taken the gig? Absolutely. Not because I think he’ll kow tow to CNN or take sides favorable to CNN (certainly not based on one lone show anyways) but because of the fact that he did take the gig, one off may it be, and that’s enough to get some people’s feathers ruffled (see above) and start tossing out the conflict of interest charge even though it may prove not to be accurate. Is it worth it for Stelter to take the hit he’s already taking? If he lands a full time gig, maybe so. But for a one off, why play with fire? When you are striving to be impartial or non-partisan you just can’t give your detractors any free lunches. You have enough to worry about trying to play it straight.
BTW, if Stelter does land a full time gig at CNN while remaining a New York Times columnist, then I’ll have a problem with it. Just like I had a problem with Kurtz in his dual roles as Reliable Sources host and Washington Post columnist.
As of today, I have retired from criticism of CNN for falling short of some sort of journalistic standard that news providers should maintain. That activity no longer makes sense. Let someone else receive the “ratings, you idiot” replies on Twitter. I’m done. I’m pretty sure you don’t care about this announcement, either. Which nicely illustrates why I’m done.
Rosen’s “surrender” moment is worth a read because it does nicely illustrate a view which could almost be considered conventional wisdom. But let me take the opposite viewpoint for the sake of argument (even though I would probably come to this conclusion anyways)
Someone has to do it. Someone has to hold CNN’s feet to the fire just as someone has to hold MSNBC’s feet to the fire and FNC’s feet to the fire. If we just throw in the towel and say that nothing we say matters because Jeff Zucker is still going to do what he’s going to do if it increases profits and ratings regardless of whether it fulfills his network’s mission to deliver news then we deserve the coverage we get.
It is here I’m going to argue a bit against my own self-interest and say that CNN going off the deep end on the Zimmerman trial is a case study in overindulgence but one with extenuating circumstances. Those extenuating circumstances occurred a year ago when Trayvon Martin died and the case blew up and became not just racial but political as well. It’s not like the time CNN got all wrapped up in Casey Anthony as it did when HLN’s ratings started taking off during that freak show trial. CNN had no business covering Anthony the way it did. One can make the argument that CNN needs to cover Zimmerman in more detail precisely because the facts of the case are hotly disputed and if the case does wind up in an acquittal or a significantly lesser verdict, the public is going to want to know why things turned out that way.
That however does not excuse CNN for doing a blow by blow of the entire courtroom proceedings but it’s at least understandable. Everyone else is doing it. And it is because everyone else is doing it, that it makes it almost impossible for CNN to not follow suit.
In any case I don’t think the Zimmerman trial is necessarily a good barometer for measuring the direction CNN is going. It’s an outlier. When was the last time we had all the cable channels cover a court case in this detail from start to finish? Have we ever? OJ was before MSNBC and FNC’s time.
Zimmerman will pass. There will be a verdict and the cable channels will move on. It is where CNN moves on to that we need to watch. And that’s why I think that thowing in the towel as Rosen has apparently done is a tad premature. Maybe CNN is indeed hopeless and innoculated against meaningful criticism. Even if it was, I would hope that people would criticize it nonetheless. Because if there is no criticism from a source that counts (which automatically excludes Jon Stewart and his “I’m just a comedian” crutch he trots out all too often) then how can the network’s coverage be measured if there is no counter argument to contrast it to?
AdWeek’s Sam Theilman writes about all the changes CNN has been making…
For one thing, CNN’s anchors are appearing on each other’s shows. Once a mainstay on ABC’s Good Morning America, Nancy Grace of CNN sibling network HLN is making fewer guest stints at GMA and appearing on New Day frequently. As one insider put it, the walls seem to be coming down between the shows in a way that never happened under former honcho Jim Walton—and there are more pilots for new shows in the works.
The website, too, has changed. CNN.com now features many more “throws” to the linear channel, and for its part, the network is picking a lot more nonpolitical stories (like the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma) and sticking with them for longer. “They’ve always had the muscle,” the source said. “They just haven’t always used it in the right way.”
“One of the things we’ve heard from Jeff is that he wants to see us broaden the definition of news,” said CNN D.C. bureau chief Sam Feist. Hard-core newshounds at CNN are happier with the flexibility they’re being given to pursue high-profile stories, he said. “In April, when the North Korea story was becoming more important because they’d begun to bring new missiles online, we began to do a nightly special on North Korea.”
The Times’ Jerome Starkey has an bizarre story about Nelson Mandela’s (eventual) funeral and the fight over broadcast rights…
Makaziwe Mandela, the former president’s eldest daughter, held talks with the South African Broadcasting Corp and government officials last month demanding “preferential” access for CNN, the American network.
Although details of Mr Mandela’s state funeral have not been released – it is deemed inappropriate while he clings to life in hospital – it is expected to be one of the most widely watched send-offs in broadcasting history.
Ms Mandela’s insistence on having CNN present comes despite the BBC spending months advising South Africa’s state broadcaster on how best to manage a major ceremonial event.
The news is likely to inflame tensions with her nephew Mandla, who was accused by network executives of selling exclusive broadcasting rights to SABC in 2008. He denied the deal but lost control of the funeral arrangements last week after Makaziwe Mandela won a court ruling.
The ruling also forced Mandla to return the bodies of the former president’s three dead children from his own village of Mvezo, in the Eastern Cape, to Qunu, where the anti-apartheid hero grew up.
A spokesman for CNN denied paying for special broadcasting rights, but sources inside the company confirmed they had been in touch with Makaziwe Mandela across many years and that discussions included how they could best cover the funeral.
It is understood CNN is hoping to have a camera and a correspondent inside Mr Mandela’s house and at the graveside. If the plan goes ahead, it will be the only broadcaster with its own crew inside the Mandela compound. The rest of the world’s media will be forced to rely on a live feed from the SABC.
This morning saw weekday anchor Carol Costello anchoring CNN New Day Saturday along side Alison Kosik. Any time I see a M-Fr anchor show up filling in on a weekend…especially on CNN which has a bunch of people capable of subbing on a weekend…I get very curious. Could be nothing. But if it isn’t nothing…today will be looked at the first sign of a change coming..
Update: And now on Sunday it’s Suzanne Malveaux filling in next to Kosik. What is going on here?
This morning’s CNN announcement on the return of Crossfire raised almost as many questions as it answered. So let’s tick them off…
- When will it air? Will it be a daily show or a weekly show? If daily, at what time? That last question is the most tantalizing because of what it could portend. Let’s assume it is daily…so where does it go? That CNN wouldn’t confirm a time is a sign that other shoes have to drop first (i.e. someone is going to lose an hour/show). That CNN is waiting to the fall to launch it is not a factoid I hang too much significance on other than that CNN is waiting for the summer, which is traditionally a low point in family viewing habits, to end. I’ll lay odds that Crossfire will air in primetime.
- What will the format be? There are four hosts but will the format be two on two or rotating one on one?
- Would MSNBC’s “wish well” reaction at having lost Cupp, not an insignificant loss for the network, still have come out the way it did had MSNBC caught wind of Cupp’s departure? Or would the network have exiled Cupp the way it did David Shuster when word leaked out that Shuster had taped a pilot? Given the way Phil Griffin prizes loyalty, I’m going to venture that the answer to this question is all too obvious…which raises the follow up question of just how tight were MSNBC’s teeth gritting when it released that friendly statement?
- Who replaces Cupp on MSNBC’s The Cycle?
- Is there really a market for Crossfire? Certainly CNN thinks so but, depending on when the show airs, I think the question is a very valid one.
CNN announced this morning, after I left for a busy day of work (which is why I’m only getting to this now), that it’s definitely bringing back Crossfire…
It’s Official: CNN Bringing Back Crossfire
Newt Gingrich, S.E. Cupp, Stephanie Cutter, Van Jones to Host Debate Program
CNN today announced that Crossfire, previously the longest running political debate program on television, will return to the network this fall. Hosting from the right will be Newt Gingrich and S.E. Cupp, with Stephanie Cutter and Van Jones hosting from the left.
“Few programs in the history of CNN have had the kind of impact on political discourse that Crossfire did – it was a terrific program then, and we believe the time is right to bring it back and do it again,” said Jeff Zucker, President of CNN Worldwide. “We look forward to the opportunity to host passionate conversation from all sides of the political spectrum. Crossfire will be the forum where America holds its great debates.”
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CNN announced that Suzanne Malveaux will have a special series of reports on ALS…
CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux Sheds Light on ALS
The series will air on CNN Newsroom from Wednesday, June 26 – Friday, June 28 at 1pm.
CNN anchor Suzanne Malveaux will focus on ALS with a one-time series reporting on three unique faces of ALS and how their families are coping. With the help of Dr. Sanjay Gupta this series will tap into the medical resources as well as the research of the disease.
ALS, (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), is a fatal fast moving disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that affects more than 30,000 people at any given time. A person who has ALS loses their ability to control their voluntary muscles and eventually cannot swallow, speak, breathe, or move. They become completely paralyzed and are dependent on machines to live—relying on a feeding tube, trache, breathing machine, motorized wheelchair, and communications equipment. ALS patients usually live 2 to 5 years after their diagnosis, although there are rare exceptions. There is currently no cure for the disease.
ALS is no stranger to Malveaux, on Wednesday’s edition of the series Living with ALS will focus on how the disease has affected her mother, Myrna Malveaux. She pulls back the curtains of her family’s journey to care for her mother and overcome her near death experience. Living with ALS documents Mrs. Malveaux’s journey from a Mardi Gras party host on her birthday to an ALS survivor. Despite being unable to walk, eat or breathe on her own, she has taken her message to Capitol Hill.
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Post your reactions to CNN’s new morning show here. I’ll post my impressions when I have had suitable time to look at it properly.
CNN LATINO LAUNCHES IN MIAMI
CNN Latino, the Spanish-language programming block, is expanding to Miami, it was announced today by Cynthia Hudson, senior vice president and general manager of CNN en Español and Hispanic Strategy for CNN/U.S. With the addition of Miami to its existing presence in Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Tampa, Phoenix and Salt Lake City, CNN Latino programming will now be available in markets that represent more than one third of U.S Hispanic homes since its launch in January 2013.
CNN Latino’s broad spectrum of programming covering news, lifestyle, documentary, talk and debate represents an alternative to traditional Hispanic networks, and it will now be available in broadcast television on WDFL-Channel 11 in Miami from 3-11 PM (ET) beginning in August. It can also be seen on Comcast Channel 18, on AT&T U-Verse Channel 20, and on Atlantic Broadband Channel 82.
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Last Thurday, AC 360′s Ridiculist segment concerned a song written by a band called Cryptic Murmurs about Anderson Cooper. Cooper also put “Heavy Metal Haters” on the list as a mocking pre-emptive strike against anyone who hates the song.
Just one problem here. The song isn’t Heavy Metal. It’s Punk.
Unfortunately this discrepancy, which would be obvious to anyone who has even the slightest passing famliarity with the two genres, was totally lost on Cooper and his staff.
There’s plenty to mock Metal and its sub genres about. There’s plenty to mock Punk and its sub genres about. But if there is one thing one should never do, which guarantees pissing off both groups at the same time, it is to conflate the two.
Instead of having a bit of fun at the band’s (and his own) expense, Cooper and his staff came off looking positively clueless. His staff gets included because they let the segment go out on the air without bothering to do even the most basic research on the subject at hand.
So, ICN is “Keeping Them Honest” by putting Anderson Cooper and his Ridiculist Segment, on our own Ridiculist where they join Al Roker and Ann Curry for mocking plane spotters. If this was a court case and I a judge, both would be found guilty of “Musical Incompetence” and sentenced to spend a few nights at some Punk and Metal shows so that Cooper would know the difference between the two.
The AP’s David Bauder has a story on CNN’s New Day…
For anyone watching CNN, it’s been hard to miss the sunny reminders popping up on the bottom of the screen that Monday is the debut of the “New Day” morning show.
“New Day” will feature the team of Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan and Michaela Pereira in a three-hour telecast CNN promises will be newsy but not drowsy, an attempt to establish a morning program for a new generation.
Watching closely, probably from a New York control room, will be CNN boss Jeff Zucker. Not only are morning shows in his wheelhouse — he produced NBC’s “Today” in the 1990s — but the program also represents the biggest on-air change at CNN since the former NBC Universal chief took on the task of reshaping the pioneering news network in January.
“It’s very important that we have a really good and strong morning show,” Zucker said. “I want a show that sets the tone and the agenda for the day for the entire network.”
The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi profiles Kate Bolduan…
In fact, Bolduan recognizes that the success of the program depends on that X factor. Cuomo, Bolduan and the show’s newsreader, Michaela Pereira, a former anchor at a Los Angeles station, will be on the air for three hours, making them, rather than the shifting drifts of news, the primary reason to watch. In preparation, Bolduan and her husband, Michael Gershenson, an executive with Washington’s Carlyle Group, have been hanging out with Cuomo and his wife, Cristina.
“There’s an intimate relationship you build with viewers, especially in the morning,” Bolduan says over lunch in the Time Warner Center. Ergo: “Viewers will see, and my family will say thank goodness, people will finally get to see the whole Kate. This is a format that lets Chris and I show a fuller part of our personalities. . . . There’s a little bit of exposing yourself that you have to be okay with. Welcome to morning TV.”
CNN announced that Rosa Flores has been hired as a correspondent and substitute anchor…
ROSA FLORES JOINS CNN
CNN has named Rosa Flores as correspondent it was announced today by Terence Burke, Vice President of Newsgathering for CNN/U.S. She will start in July and will be based in New York City.
Said Burke, “Rosa is an outstanding reporter who made her mark in local television covering numerous breaking news and enterprise stories. We are thrilled to have her join the CNN team.”
In addition to her role as correspondent Flores will serve as substitute anchor.
Newscast Studio’s Dak Dillon writes about the set being used to Stroumboulopoulus’ show…
Featuring a studio audience, the show is a move into a warmer and gentler direction for CNN. We’ll see how long this lasts and if Americans can grasp his name.
About that name…I don’t think it’s such a big deal. I do think CNN is deliberately and needlessly making it a big deal by putting out ads showing people having trouble with his name and confusing him George Stephanopoulos. There are two schools of thought on this issues. One is try to make light of the name and turn a perceived negative into a positive. The other school of thought is you don’t play up something that can only dig you deeper if it is a problem. CNN has chosen the former but I fear the latter is applicable.
Out here in California we had a Governor’s race over a decade ago where one of of the candidates was Democrat Al Checchi who was up against Gray Davis in a primary. Checchi poured a lot of money into TV ads. One of those ads was a bunch of kids trying to pronounce his name. That’s what I remember most of Al Checchi’s campaign…a bunch of ads about kids trying to pronounce his name. That’s the risk CNN takes by playing up Stroumboulopoulus’s name in ads that are designed to introduce him to America.
The Huffington Post has CNN pushback to the Wolf Blitzer story…
A spokeswoman for the network strongly denied the report, telling The Huffington Post, “The ‘CNN insider’ must not be watching CNN air. Wolf has been anchoring additional hours as of late.”
I’ll accept the denial at face value. But I’ll also note that if you parse this statement carefully it doesn’t actually shoot down the story. The statement refers to what Blitzer has been doing and the story refers to what Blitzer is going to be doing. So that leaves enough wiggle room for both the statement and the story to be accurate. Though I have my doubts about the story.
The New York Daily News’ Confidential writes about the possibility of less Wolf Blitzer on CNN’s air…
He doesn’t know it YET, But the CNN staff is whispering that Wolf Blitzer’s air time may be getting shorter and shorter. The struggling cable channel plans to make lots of changes as it tries to win back viewers it has lost, with the biggest shakeup being to on-air talent, including Blitzer, host of “The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer.”
“Wolf is going to be gradually phased out and replaced with a younger, hipper host,” one CNN insider dishes to Confidential. “The decision has been made that people want to look at beautiful people, and although Wolf is no beast, they’re thinking younger.”
Since the arrival of new boss Jeff Zucker in March, the studly Chris Cuomo and handsome Jake Tapper have joined CNN. Staffers expect more handsome fellas to follow.
And then there’s this…
“Everyone is a little worried,” says our insider. “You know the on-air talent is scared when you see Piers Morgan eating a salad at lunch. If he is spotted at the gym, then you know the most trusted name in news will also be the prettiest.”
Meanwhile those of us who hoped we were rid of Joy Behar on cable news may wind up being disappointed…
Zucker, not to be underestimated in drastically changing a network, is responsible for turning NBC’s “Today” into the most-watched morning show during his watch.
Zucker has held a few meetings with Joy Behar, whom he is trying to woo to CNN for a show of her own.
“Joy has met with him a few times,” another source told us. “Jeff likes Joy.”
Ok, technically a panel discussion is not an interview…
Still, speaking in public knowing full well it’ll get into the papers/trades/internet might as well be the same thing as giving an interview…
Anyway, Zucker threw a few grenades out…
“Those two channels are covering political news. We’re covering politics and much more,” Jeff Zucker said today of Fox News and MSNBC. “Our competition now is two political channels that have actually left most of the the actual news coverage to the side,” he also said. The CNN chief was appearing Wednesday with IAC chair Barry Diller at this year’s D11 conference in Ranchos Palos Verdes. “News is how you define it, we define it broadly as news and information. We’re expanding the audience that is watching CNN. In order to be successful, we need to bring new viewers,” he added stressing that elements of CNN programming have more in common with Discovery and Nat Geo than FNC and MSNBC. “The key to us is to make CNN essential on whatever platform it is on,” Zucker noted. He added that his cable news rivals “do a good job” at what they cover.
Also: All Things D’s Jason Del Rey writes about Zucker’s appearance…
Zucker became defensive when Mossberg brought up reporting inaccuracies that CNN has dealt with as it battles and pushes the 24-hour news cycle — namely that a suspect had been arrested shortly after the Boston Marathon bombings. Zucker pointed to the fact that CNN corrected its error within 45 minutes when others took hours to do the same.
“We made a mistake, we acknowledged it, we moved on,” he said.
Zucker also turned testy when asked by an audience member how the network balances the need to cover serious news with the lure of covering events such as the “poo-poo cruise,” which can lead to high ratings.
“Just because we were prescient enough to get to … that ship before anybody else,” doesn’t mean it’s not news worth covering, Zucker responded.