Jeff Zucker: Micromanager?

The New York Times’ Emily Steel <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/04/business/media/at-crossroads-cnn-seeks-to-reassert-itself.html?_r=1 grumblings over Jeff Zucker’s management style…

One change that Mr. Zucker has made is emphasizing breaking news, focusing coverage on just two or three major stories throughout a given day, rather than delivering an all-encompassing, scattershot report of the headlines as was common in the past. The rationale is that viewers are likely to catch other news on the web or on social media. Mr. Zucker leads daily news meetings, unlike past CNN chiefs who delegated the responsibility. Employees called Mr. Zucker a micromanager and said that he sent missives from his BlackBerry at all hours about everything, be it the length of story segments or the graphics that appear on screen.

I don’t have a problem with this. Remember, Zucker was hired as a turnaround President. People who are given those kinds of charters, and know it, are going to get their fingers in the machinery. It should be a given.

One Response to “Jeff Zucker: Micromanager?”

  1. focusing coverage on just two or three major stories …
    The rationale is that viewers are likely to catch other news on the web or on social media.

    As others have pointed out, the future of news is not on television. With that reality, and even aside from their ratings, they needed a different approach. I certainly can’t say that I thought this was a good idea, but it’s turning out to be much better than expected, and way better than what they were doing before.

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