CNN is trying to lure ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper away from ABC. FishbowlDC has learned that Executive V.P. and Managing Editor for CNN Worldwide Mark Whitaker and CNN Senior V.P. Amy Entelis have been making serious overtures to Tapper and his reps. We hear the network is trying their best to figure out a “game changer” and have their eyes on Tapper.
Entelis obviously has a strong tie to ABC — she was a 30-year network veteran who was V.P. of talent and strategy. She left ABC in January. Tapper is presently under contract with ABC. CNN is also trying to recruit ABC News Correspondent John Berman to do news on a morning show.
Tapper is legally bound to ABC until his contract runs out, but it is not unusual for other networks to begin the poaching process well before future contractual decisions are locked into place.
Industry sources say the collective wisdom is that Tapper is waiting patiently in the wings to one day host of “This Week.” We’ve requested comment from both CNN and ABC.