REPORT: ZUCKER WANTS CUOMO TO BE NEW FACE OF CNN
As he prepares to take over the reins of CNN, Jeff Zucker may be on a poaching expedition, with his eyes primarily on talent at ABC News, the New York Post‘s “Page Six” column reported today (Friday), citing unnamed insiders. He has already wooed the network’s senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper, to jump ship. Now, according to the Post, he’s seeking to entice 20/20 coanchor Chris Cuomo to do the same. “Jeff’s still looking for an anchor he can basically make the centerpiece of the network,” a source told the newspaper. But another source commented, “Jeff should be careful how many people he tells will be the face of the network.” Reports of such promises are also likely to miff Anderson Cooper, who has been boosted as the cable news network’s leading star by Zucker’s predecessor at CNN.