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REPORTS: ZUCKER DUMPING COURIC; HEADING TO CNN

October 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Reports began spreading rapidly on Wednesday that Jeff Zucker, who early on agreed to come aboard to produce Katie Couric’s new talk show for ABC, may be leaving after less than two months to take over the reins of CNN from Jim Walton, who has resigned as president of the cable news company effective Dec. 31. Zucker is reportedly helping Couric look for his replacement, even as ratings for the talk show continue to plunge, particularly among the younger age groups. The average age of her viewers is now 60 — presenting ABC, which syndicates the show, with a difficult sales challenge. Today’s (Thursday) New York Post, citing unnamed sources, reported that ABC is looking to bring aboard David Friedman, who previously exec-produced CBS’s The Early Show. “The move,” commented the Post, “shows that Katie, at least, is willing to bury the hatchet when necessary.” It noted that Friedman’s father Paul, who was the No. 2 executive at CBS until he stepped down last February, was Couric’s “biggest detractor” within the network when she anchored the CBS Evening News.