November 4, 2013 |
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)
May 10, 2013 |
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.
March 13, 2013 |
Ducks right wing Corey Perry on Wednesday was suspended four games without pay by the NHL's Department of Player Safety as punishment for a hit that injured Minnesota forward Jason Zucker Tuesday night in St. Paul, Minn. Perry will lose $115,135.12, which will go to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund. He previously was suspended by the NHL four years ago, so he is not considered a repeat offender within the prescribed 18-month period. Had he been judged a repeat offender, the suspension would have been longer.
November 30, 2012 |
CNN and Jeff Zucker are betting on each other to revitalize their tarnished brands. The cable news network, which has struggled to keep pace with rivals Fox News and MSNBC, has tapped Zucker, a onetime wunderkind news producer who later stumbled as chief executive of NBCUniversal, to be president of its worldwide operations. In his new role, Zucker, 47, will oversee a sprawling news operation with 4,000 employees and channels around the globe that is expected to generate a record $600 million in profit this year for Turner Broadcasting, the Time Warner Inc. unit that houses CNN. For all of CNN's financial success and international prowess, CNN's performance in the United States has been lackluster and its former dominance as a news channel has been ceded to its competitors.
November 30, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before finding some zebras and building an ark! The Skinny: I know I said yesterday I like the rain but I don't like guests that overstay their welcome. Time for some sun. Friday's headlines include a preview of the weekend box office, a profile of CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves and a review of "Killing Them Softly. " Daily Dose: Although Federal Communications Commission rules prohibit a company from running more than two TV stations in an individual market, Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group has found a way around that.
November 29, 2012 |
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.