Jeff Zucker Interview
TVNewser’s Alissa Krinski interviews Jeff Zucker…
As the network moves forward, though, one thing is clear: Zucker likes the ratings scored by series such as “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” and “Morgan Spurlock’s Inside Man”.
“Certainly, there’s an appetite and an audience that’s willing to come to CNN to watch that kind of programming, and I think that you’ll see more of that this year.” Zucker says he has “several other series in that vein that we haven’t even announced yet.”
And Zucker says that doesn’t mean CNN is moving away from being first and foremost a news organization.
“The fact is,” he says, “CNN is actually offering more hours of live news programming today than we have at any point in the last five years. So the two [live news and documentaries] are not incompatible. We are always there when news happens. We’re in Ukraine this week, and Crimea, in tremendous numbers, offering round-the-clock coverage, far more than anyone else.”
I don’t doubt that CNN is offering more hours of live news programming now than at any point in the last five years. Adding Early Start alone pretty much accomplished that. But that was not really the issue either. It was the increase in the frequency of tape in primetime that is the issue.