On MSNBC's Morning Joe, just hours after the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, the show's co-hosts and panelists sat around a table in 30 Rock's famed Studio 8H. The home of Saturday Night Live was packed with a live audience—and yet, this was a quiet room.
Two months ago, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker dismissed two leading, young-skewing digital news sites, saying, "I don't think Vice and BuzzFeed are legitimate news organizations. They are native advertising shops. We crush both of them."
Search the term "wunderkind" and several entries about Jeff Zucker will no doubt turn up. The ink had barely dried on Zucker's Harvard bachelor's degree when he joined NBC as an Olympics researcher ahead of the 1988 Seoul Summer Games. In 1989, he parlayed that into a gig on the Today show, and was named its youngest-ever executive producer in 1992. He was 26.
"This is not about CNN. This is not about news," said CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker. "It's about the first company that we have launched in 35 years that does not boast those three little red letters."
CNN's 3-hour ensemble newscast New Day anchored by Chris Cuomo, Alisyn Camerota and Michaela Pereira keeps a focus on hard news, breaking stories and newsmaker interviews: a basic news program formula, but one that is working for CNN. The show celebrated its two-year anniversary last month by posting double-digit viewership increases. So, what goes into producing New Day everyday?
This week, TV’s brightest stars and entertainment’s biggest execs took to auditoriums and concert halls across New York to show advertisers what they’ve got.
In keeping with Jeff Zucker's mandate to evolve away from the traditional newscast, CNN in its Thursday upfront presentation announced another surge in original programing.
CNN embraced the digital component of its news service on Thursday when it announced CNNx, a new way to watch the network's programming.
On the eve of the 2014-15 upfront, Turner Broadcasting System has begun making sweeping changes in the structure of its ad sales unit, and as a result, one well-respected veteran will be leaving the company.