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November 29, 2012 | By Joe Flint
CNN has tapped Jeff Zucker as its new leader. Zucker, the former chief executive of NBCUniversal, will succeed Jim Walton as president of CNN Worldwide. Walton announced in July he would leave at the end of this year and Zucker will take over starting in January. A former producer of NBC's highly successful morning news program "Today," Zucker was the front runner to succeed Walton as head of the cable news channel. He will report to Phil Kent, the president of Turner Broadcasting, the Time Warner unit that houses CNN. "Jeff's experience as a news executive is unmatched for its breadth and success," said Kent in a prepared statement.  "He built and sustained the No. 1 brand in morning news, and under his watch NBC's signature news programming set a standard for quality and professionalism.
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February 26, 2014 | By Scott Collins
Voting on "American Idol" is about to get a major update - thanks to Google and Facebook. Viewers using Google Search and Facebook will be able to vote during the show rather than waiting for the end, starting with this week's shows. And voters will be able to vote up to 50 times per contestant, rather than being limited to 50 online votes overall as in the past. Viewers have complained for years about a lack of transparency in "Idol" voting results, so the changes may be of particular interest to those seeking more information.
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May 10, 2013 | By Joe Flint
CNN News President Jeff Zucker is putting a priority on the cable network's new morning show, “New Day,” which launches June 17.  “It's really important that we have a very strong and good morning show,” Zucker said at a New York press conference Friday with the anchors and producers of “New Day.” Chris Cuomo and Kate Bolduan will host the three-hour (6-9 a.m. ET) show. Michaela Pereira, currently of KTLA-TV Los Angeles, will be the news anchor. Zucker, who cut his teeth as producer of NBC's “Today,” said the CNN show will steer clear of the cooking segments, concerts and other softer fare that are a hallmark of most morning shows.
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February 25, 2014
CNN and boss Jeff Zucker are having a lousy February. Results from Nielsen show that the viewer-bereft cable news network just suffered through one of its worst months ever, with Erin Burnett's "OutFront" program sinking to the lowest numbers CNN has recorded at 7 p.m. in 22 years. Barely 300,000 total viewers tuned in for Burnett's show. Between 8 and 11 p.m. - prime time - CNN averaged just 399,000 total viewers - a 39% plunge compared with the same month last year, when Zucker had just started the job. Since 1991, CNN has performed worse only twice before (in April 2012 and last November)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2013 | By Scott Collins
When he was tapped to run CNN a year ago, Jeff Zucker was supposed to help lift ratings at the 24-hour cable news network. Whoops. CNN last week plunged to its worst numbers since August 2012, months before Zucker, a former NBC boss, was brought aboard to right the ship. How bad was it? CNN last week was a distant No. 3 (385,000) in prime time behind MSNBC (683,000) and Fox News (2.4 million). On the set: movies and TV But here's the worst part: CNN's total audience barely beat Fox News' viewership just in the demographic of viewers aged 25 to 54 (377,000)
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November 27, 2012 | By Joe Flint
Former NBCUniversal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker is in advanced negotiations to become head of the cable news channel CNN, people familiar with the matter said. Zucker would succeed Jim Walton, who said in July that he was stepping down as president and chief executive of CNN Worldwide. CNN is a unit of Time Warner Inc.'s Turner Broadcasting. Discussions with Zucker have heated up in the last few weeks and Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes and Turner Broadcasting Chairman Phil Kent are hoping to have an agreement locked up either by the end of this week or early next week, one person said.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Now that Jeff Zucker's new gig as CNN Worldwide President is official, the question mark now looms over how his exit as executive producer and show runner of Katie Couric's daytime talker will affect the show. Couric's former "Today" boss had been at the wheel of the show since its start -- with his right-hands, co-executive producers Michael Bass and Kathy Samuels. With Zucker's exit nearing, Couric and the folks behind the show, distributor Disney-ABC Domestic Television, have been thumbing through potential successors.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2014
CNN and boss Jeff Zucker are having a lousy February. Results from Nielsen show that the viewer-bereft cable news network just suffered through one of its worst months ever, with Erin Burnett's "OutFront" program sinking to the lowest numbers CNN has recorded at 7 p.m. in 22 years. Barely 300,000 total viewers tuned in for Burnett's show. Between 8 and 11 p.m. - prime time - CNN averaged just 399,000 total viewers - a 39% plunge compared with the same month last year, when Zucker had just started the job. Since 1991, CNN has performed worse only twice before (in April 2012 and last November)
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September 26, 2010 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Comcast Corp. and General Electric Co. announced Sunday that Comcast's No. 2 executive, Steve Burke, would become chief executive of NBC Universal when the merger of the two companies is completed. Burke, 52, will succeed Jeff Zucker, who announced Friday that he would step down when Philadelphia-based Comcast assumes control of GM, which is expected to happen late this year or early 2011. Zucker will stay on for the next few months and work with Burke to attempt a smooth transition.
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November 29, 2012 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before buying a new umbrella. The Skinny: When it is rainy like this I really just want to sit at home and listen to the drops hitting the ground and have hot soup. Instead I'm here for you! Thursday's headlines include stories about Jeff Zucker's new gig at CNN and a movie theater you can eat dinner at. Daily Dose: Jeff Zucker's taking over at CNN (see below) will have some folks wondering whether the cable news channel will eventually relocate to New York.
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February 6, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
The ragin' Cajun is back.  A year after his abrupt departure from CNN, Democratic strategist and cable-news fixture James Carville has landed a new gig as a contributor at Fox News, the network announed Thursday. “James' successful and storied career in politics over several decades is an enormous asset to Fox News,” said Bill Shine , executive vice president of programming at Fox News. ”We are privileged to have him lend his breadth of experience, wit and dynamic perspective on the network.” PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Carville, a Louisiana native who rose to prominence as a key player in Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign, spent 11 years at CNN before he parted ways with the network in a major  shake-up in early 2013, just days after the arrival of its new president, Jeff Zucker . (Carville's wife, Republican strategist Mary Matalin, also left at the same time, as did conservative pundit Erick Erickson.)
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January 10, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before deciding if I should get a vanity plate. The Skinny: Just got my car registration renewal notice. Maybe I should get a vanity plate that says "MorningFix. " That way my groupies (I know you're out there) will have an easier time finding me. I'll be back in Pasadena today at the TV press tour to hear what CNN chief Jeff Zucker has to say but when I have any downtime I'm going to go back to reading about the Gov. Chris Christie scandal. I can't get enough it!
ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 2013 | By Meg James
Katie Couric's high-profile return to daytime television is coming to an end. Couric and the Disney/ABC Television Group, which distributes her syndicated talk show, "Katie," said Thursday that it would end next summer after two seasons. The show airs in Los Angeles on the Walt Disney Co.-owned station, KABC-TV Channel 7. Pulling the plug on the show was a joint decision, the two parties said. "While production will continue on 'Katie' through June 2014, we've mutually agreed that there will not be a third season of the show," Couric and Disney/ABC said in a joint statement.  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll   Ratings have been soft for the show, which launched in September 2012 amid fanfare.
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December 18, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Jay Leno, CNN might want to stick a press card in your hat. With his gig on NBC's "Tonight Show" wrapping up early next year, the 63-year-old comic is thinking about his next move. And published reports say that CNN boss Jeff Zucker has recently visited Leno, possibly to discuss coming over to the cable news network. It would be a reunion of sorts, since Zucker was Leno's boss when he ran NBC Universal. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times A CNN spokeswoman did not immediately return an email requesting comment.
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November 20, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before deciding whether to give 'Nashville' another chance. The Skinny: It feels like Thursday but it's only Wednesday. Normally this would bug me, but I have so much work I'm trying to get done before next week that I'm actually kind of glad this week is dragging. Wednesday's roundup includes the end of Rupert Murdoch's marriage, a look at CNN chief Jeff Zucker's track record and MTV tones down a reality show about nurses. Daily Dose: The heavy spending Netflix has committed for original and acquired content has made some watchers of the company nervous.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2013 | By David Horsey
CNN, the network that proved there is an audience for a 24-hour news channel, is struggling to hold onto viewers and stay competitive in the ratings race with Fox News and MSNBC. Fox has a solid hold on the top spot and has done it by being the relentless voice of opposition to President Obama and the Democratic Party. Though inconstant in the ratings department, MSNBC has created its own identity as the constant critic of Republicans, especially of the tea party variety. Meanwhile, CNN has stuck with its traditional format, delivering the news straight with no mixer of ideology.
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November 29, 2012 | By Joe Flint
New CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker said his priority is to make the cable news channel "relevant, vibrant and exciting. " In a conference call with reporters Thursday, Zucker stressed that he did not want to copy Fox News and MSNBC, which have found success with a mix of news programming during the day and opinion and commentary shows in prime time. "I think the most important thing is that CNN continue to remain editorially independent," he said, adding that the network shouldn't think of its competition as only Fox News and MSNBC.
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February 6, 1993 | JANE HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the year since he took over as executive producer of the "Today" show, Jeff Zucker has been praised for bringing new life to the venerable NBC morning program. A 27-year-old Wunderkind who has been compared to "Murphy Brown's" Miles Silverberg, Zucker upped the hard-news ante on the show, extending segments to cover live, breaking news and experimenting with formats such as a viewer call-in with then-Presidential candidate Ross Perot.
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November 6, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Time Warner Inc. said its profit grew by 44% in the third quarter while revenue remained flat. The media giant, whose holdings include Warner Bros., HBO and Turner Broadcasting, posted profit of $1.18 billion thanks to its cable unit as well as reduced programming costs and gains from an acquisition. Revenue for the quarter was $6.9 billion. Time Warner's cable unit, particularly the Turner networks (TNT, TBS, TruTV) had a strong quarter, with revenue increasing by 5% to $3.8 billion thanks to increases in advertising and subscription fees.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before coming up with my own stat of the day. The Skinny: Caught most of an amazing documentary on KCET last night on World War II hero James "Maggie" Megellas. Incredible story. Go watch it. Tuesday's roundup includes more analysis of what Netflix's purchase of the documentary "The Square" means for the movie industry. Also, the cable channel HLN is going through an overhaul and CNN had a really bad week. Daily Dose: Fans of the old Howard Stern radio show remember well the king of all media's legendary birthday parties, which would draw a bizarre group of stars, politicians and, of course, freaks.
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