Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

12/4/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker promises more of an 'attitude and a take'

After a great deal of thought, CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker has decided that his news channel definitely needs to shake it up. To this end, he is planning broader changes for the network. Some of the changes will not sit well for those who have made CNN their go-to station for news.

Jeff Zucker says he wants the network to attract 'viewers who are watching places like Discovery and History and [National Geographic] and A&E.

Jeff Zucker says he wants the network to attract "viewers who are watching places like Discovery and History and [National Geographic] and A&E.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

12/4/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in TV

Keywords: Jeff Zucker, CNN, changes, HLN


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Zucker, in his first one-on-one interview since taking the reins, now says he wants news coverage "that is just not being so obvious." He wants coverage with more of "an attitude and a take.

"We're all regurgitating the same information. I want people to say, 'You know what? That was interesting. I hadn't thought of that,'" Zucker said. "The goal for the next six months, is that we need more shows and less newscasts."

Zucker says he wants the network to attract "viewers who are watching places like Discovery and History and [National Geographic] and A&E.

"People who traditionally just watch the cable news networks [are] a great audience," he said. "I'm not trying to alienate that audience. But the overall cable news audience has not grown in the last 12 years, OK? So, all we're doing is trading [audience] share. . We also want to broaden what people can expect from CNN."

Backing up his claims, he points out that the top-rated show on CNN is now "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," a travel-adventure show featuring the celebrity chef. He says his formula has finally been accepted "because people have seen the results."

From here on out, more series and films not news related will be ran in prime-time: "Yes, there will be more and, yes, they will not just be on Sundays.," he said. "I think it will expand past just the weekends, and so there's a little piece of news for you . This is a prime-time play. It's too expensive to confine it to weekends."

Changes coming to CNN staples, such as HLN, the former Headline News will be "rethought, re-imagined, and re-branded."

Is this tinkering with something that works? Zucker says that HLN "really just had a great year from an audience standpoint," he said, but: "it's not as strong a business proposition, and it's not really what advertisers are looking for. If we wanted to be in the court business, Time Warner would have kept Court TV."

Veteran TV executive Albie Hecht is set to lead the changes at HLN. "His mandate is to figure out the white space for yet another cable news network in a world where headlines are ubiquitous on whatever mobile device you choose to use," Zucker says.

He's confident that the changes will bring about desirable results. "In five years," Zucker continued, "mobile video consumption with three little red letters called CNN is what the future looks like. I think that there are three incredible brands in the news and information space. I think ESPN owns sports, I think the Weather Channel owns weather, and I want CNN to own news and information in the global digital video space."

A birth foretold: click here to learn more!

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2015
Universal:
Scientists: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More TV

10 BILLION hours of video streamed by Netflix over the past three months Watch

Image of Many questioned if Netflix would survive several years ago when they raised their rates. Those naysayers have been proven wrong by a hundredfold, as people everywhere appear to love their Netflix.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Many questioned if Netflix would survive several years ago when they raised their rates. Those naysayers have been proven wrong by a hundredfold, as people everywhere appear to love their Netflix. Startling new data shows that the entertainment service streamed ... continue reading


America's Catholic bishops denounce popular British TV drama 'Wolf Hall' Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

While the BBC historical drama "Wolf Hall" is enjoying widespread popularity in the United Kingdom, American bishops are hotly denouncing the six-part teleseries as being historically inaccurate. They say its depictions of British historical figures such as ... continue reading


Holy Comeback! Actors Adam West, Burt Ward to reappear as TV's Batman and Robin next year Watch

Image of The TV series

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Holy Rerun, Batman! Actors Adam West and Burt Ward were renowned in their Hollywood heyday as the caped crusaders Batman and Robin, respectively. The series, which ran in the Pop Art-blessed Sixties, was a cultural phenomenon. Both West and Ward promise to ... continue reading


Real estate heir and reality TV series star was SERIAL KILLER! Watch

Image of Robert Durst was arrested in New Orleans in connection to the murder of his friend, Susan Berman, a little more than 14 years ago.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

New York real-estate heir Robert Durst was connected to three deaths. His wife went missing in 1982; his neighbor, who was dismembered in 2001 and his friend, who was shot in the head in 2000. The 71-year-old "star" of the HBO documentary series "The Jinx: The ... continue reading


Televangelist Pat Robertson tells Christian woman to quit job if she is forced to become Buddhist Watch

Image of In an analogy, Televangelist Pat Robertson put forth an analogy comparing religion to medicine.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Televangelist Pat Robertson, onetime host of "The 700 Club" offered advice to a Christian woman who is surrounded by Buddhists. To paraphrase, he told her: If you can't beat 'em, don't join 'em. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - This was the advice Robertson ... continue reading


New Samsung advertisment leaves viewers in tears (WATCH) Watch

Image of A young, hearing-impaired Turkish man was astounded to find out that his immediate neighborhood all learned sign language for his benefit.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It's an ad viewed millions of times - and has sent users way in happy tears. The advertisement is for Samsung's new service geared towards hearing impaired users. The brief clip follows a young, Turkish hearing-impaired man named Muharram Yazgan, who goes on a ... continue reading


ISIS sketch on 'Saturday Night Live' steps on quite a few toes - NOT funny Watch

Image of

By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online

Humor is a subjective thing, satire even more so. If the chief enemy of art is "good taste," many agreed that a recent "Saturday Night Live" sketch featuring a girl who runs off to join Islamist State was, uh, artistic.  LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


'Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery' CNN's newest investigative series looks deep into the history of Jesus Watch

Image of CNN's Finding Jesus series premiers Sunday, March 1 at 9 p.m. Eastern Time.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

CNN presents a new investigative show called "Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery" that aims to debunk and authenticate different artifacts, both physical and textual, about Jesus Christ and those in his life. Over a series of six episodes, the show plans on providing ... continue reading


Master of social commentary and satire, Jon Stewart, exiting Daily Show Watch

Image of Hailing Jon Stewart

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

"In my heart I know it is time for someone else to have that opportunity," Jon Stewart of the satirical "The Daily Show" told his in-studio audience this week. People gasped and members of the audience yelled, "We love you, Jon." A specific date for his ... continue reading


'Apocalypse Now,' 'Batman & Robin' will be AXED by Netflix instant streaming in February Watch

Image of No less than three installments in the

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

If you want to enjoy some old film favorites on Netflix instant streaming - do so this week. Netflix is going to chop approximately 40 older films from its streaming services to make way for many new titles in February. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Some ... continue reading


All TV News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 5:34-42
34 One member of the Sanhedrin, however, a Pharisee ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19
1 [Of David] Yahweh is my light and my salvation, ... Read More

Gospel, John 6:1-15
1 After this, Jesus crossed the Sea of Galilee -- or ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for April 17th, 2015 Image

St. Anicetus
April 17: Anicetus was a Syrian from Emesa. He became pope about 155 and ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter