News Reaches Page Six…Finally…

Page Six has an uncredited story (and I’ll tell you why that is in a moment) on CNN talent woes…

Time to rename CNN Atlanta headquarters!

All the anchors are moving from Atlanta to New York, to be near boss and decision maker Jeff Zucker, sources tell us.

Oh really? Sources tell you, eh?

Earth to Page Six…this news has been out in the open since last Wednesday when Brooke Baldwin tweeted her move. Costello moving was already speculated upon by myself and others the next day and TVNewser confirmed it later in the day. And now you try to package this already broken story as some sort of new deal revealed by anonymous sources? No wonder this story went out uncredited. I wouldn’t want to have to attach my name to a “new story” that was in fact an old story.

Guh! (TM pending, Keith Olbermann)

I’d keep on slamming Page Six but they do manage to break some new ground, if their sources are reliable…which, given the lead in their piece, does cast a pall over the entire article…

The teams in Atlanta are desperate to find new formats to impress the top brass. The source told us, “We are feverishly trying to come up with something that Jeff likes. Every time we present something, he hates it. Secondly, we can’t find talent who wants to come to CNN. No one wants to come because we scrap things after a year. Every talent agency we contact can’t get us anyone . . . Even talent from larger local markets refuse to come here, ­because they are afraid.” Meanwhile, the source added, “Don Lemon is gunning for a prime-time spot, but Zucker isn’t sold.”

I don’t know about that. Zucker seems to be putting Lemon everywhere he can which is hardly a sign that he “isn’t sold”. But I do imagine that Bill Weir and the rumored primetime show clause in his contract is probably giving Zucker ulcers trying to reconcile the Lemon situation.


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