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‘Meet the Press’ Host David Gregory Rumored to Have Met With CNN Last Thursday

Gregory_1.22While questions have been raised whether NBC “Meet the Press’ ” David Gregory will remain host of the Sunday morning show, “Page Six” reports Gregory met with CNN on Thursday.

The New York Post piece goes on to explain Gregory and CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker‘s decades-long professional relationship and personal friendship and quotes a source saying that “CNN is ‘currently testing for a prime-time pilot that could be perfect for David’.”

“Page Six” reported last month:

“Viewership is down a whopping 43 percent compared to when Gregory ascended to the moderator’s chair in December 2008, after the death of Tim Russert. The show finished in third place behind CBS’s “Face the Nation” and ABC’s “This Week” in the second quarter of 2014.”

For more, click on over to Page Six.

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POLITICO’s Rachel Smolkin to Join CNN as Executive Editor of CNN Politics Digital

Rachel SmolkinAn email to CNN staff this morning announced that POLITICO managing editor for news Rachel Smolkin is headed to the network to serve as executive editor of CNN Politics Digital. In this role, she’ll lead CNNPolitics.com across all platforms in an effort to make its work “bolder, buzzier and more essential to audiences in and outside of the beltway.”

In lieu of a press release, CNN lately has been doing a Q&A with new hires. Check it out to hear from Smolkin on the best career advice she’s ever received, what drew her to politics, and the biggest challenge of covering Washington.

Smolkin’s last day at POLITICO is slated for August 8 and will start with CNN in mid-August. Prior to POLITICO, she was an assignment editor at USA Today.

See managing editor of CNN Digital Meredith Artley‘s email to staff after the jump. Read more

Mediabistro Morning Roundup – 6.20.14

From TVNewser to FishbowlNY, here are your top stories across Mediabistro.

Lost Remote Chelsea Handler to Host Talk Show on Netflix

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AgencySpy Hello Flo Scores Viral Hit With ‘First Moon Party’

FishbowlDC Jake Tapper and Mark Leibovich Interview Each Other

TVNewser Jeff Zucker: CNNMoney Able to Bridge TV and Digital ‘Incredibly Well’

TVSpy Motorcyclist Behaving Badly May Now Regret Confronting KRON Reporter

FishbowlNY Web App Transforms Embarrassing Articles to NY Times Articles

SocialTimes Scheduling and Consistency: The Keys to Social Media Optimization

AllTwitter Twitter Acquires Cloud-Based Video Platform SnappyTV

10,000 Words Marijuana.com Rebranding and Hiring as the Pot Beat Grows

Inside Mobile Apps Investors Gave $1M to a Messaging App That Just Send ‘Yo’

InsideFacebook Facebook for Android: Now Faster, Smaller, Less Data-Hungry

GalleyCat Free Samples of the 2014 PEN Literary Award Nominees

PRNewser FIFA Tells Beats Headphones to Beat it with Ban from World Cup

MediaJobsDaily Four Ways for Freelancers to Successfully Land Big Clients

UnBeige Bjork (and her App) Bound for MOMA: Retrospective Planned for Spring 2015

Hey, Isn’t That…

10355501_10152425784342789_2065361057743476583_oHey isn’t that former TVNewser editor now host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Brian Stelter and former FishbowlDC editor turned publicist for CNN Worldwide Matt Dornic at yesterday’s closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange? It is!

Stelter and Dornic joined CNN President Jeff Zucker, CNN’s new VP of CNNMoney and Politics Ed O’Keefe, and international business correspondent Richard Quest, among others, to close yesterday’s stock exchange and to commemorate the relaunch of CNNMoney, a now fully-owned CNN Worldwide property following Time Warner’s spinoff of Time Inc.

Way to go!

Click through for CNN’s look behind the scenes. Read more

MEMO: CNN’s Jeff Zucker “Proud” to Work at CNN

In an internal memo to CNN and HLN staff this afternoon, CNN President Jeff Zucker explains how proud he is to work at the network. Following this week’s launch of the new CNN original series “The Sixties,” Zucker highlights the network’s reporting on the VA scandal and names Drew Griffin, Nelli Black, Scott Bronstein and Curt Devine as instrumental to the outlet’s success.

“CNN is evolving. Our commitment to news, investigative journalism and inspired storytelling is what we are all about.

Read the internal memo after the jump. Read more

CNN Joins Upfronts in NYC

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Upfront season is upon us. This is the time of year when the networks come out to pitch their new prime time dramas and sitcoms to advertisers. But in a bid to generate buzz about their lineup, CNN will be in attendance as well.

CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker had said 2014 would be the year he shook up prime time. Wonder what he’s got in store?

 

Tapper Takes Morgan’s Time Slot for a Test Drive

With “Piers Morgan Live” now but a distant memory, the competition for Morgan’s old slot has begun in earnest. Tonight,  Jake Tapper starts a week of double shift duty -he will host both a 4:00 pm and a 9:00 pm version of “The Lead” -in an effort to show that he can be the prime-time star Jeff Zucker is looking for.

While we hear that Tapper is the favorite for the gig, Zucker will also reportedly try out Michael SmerconishBill Weir, and Don Lemon in the hour.

After each potential host has auditioned, Zucker will then subject them all to endurance trials and a gross-out eating contest before forcing them to live together in a house for one month. Only then will Americans have the chance to vote for their favorite.

At least, we’re pretty sure that’s how it works.

Internal Memo: March Proves Record-Breaking Month for CNN Digital

Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 11.51.59As March comes to a close, CNN has been getting some flak for their wall-to-wall coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. But while that mystery has dominated their television programming, other big stories are also getting play online. Along with the ironically ubiquitous missing plane, the tense situation in Ukraine, the Oscar Pistorius trial, and the recent landslide in Washington state have all kept CNN readers glued to computers and mobile devices.

A recent memo from CNN President Jeff Zucker highlights the network’s successes for March as the best month ever for page views and video streams across domestic and international desktop sites and mobile web traffic.

The whole internal memo after the jump…
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Fishbowl Five: SOTU with CNN’s Peter Hamby

Peter HambyPeter Hamby occupies a unique position within CNN. There are now three full time digital correspondents working for CNN, but Hamby was the first -and still the only one covering politics.  As such he makes TV hits, and appears in web videos and writes for the web. And for tonight’s state of the union coverage, he will be moderating a “Politi-cast” of the speech via live stream on CNN.com. Hamby will do a sort of “play by play” of the SOTU, with friends Tommy Vietor, a former Obama White House spox, and Tim Miller, a former RNC flack. They will offering running commentary -smartphones in hand -that will tap into live reaction of the speech on Twitter and the immediate impact it is having on other social media.

Coverage begins when Peter and Co. “roll into the set a little bit before the speech and get settled in,” and will go through the Republican and Tea Party responses. The trio will be tweeting during the stream, and if you want to participate in the conversation, they will be using the hashtag #CNNSOTU. Of course, if, for some reason, you just want to watch the speech itself  without commentary (BORING!) you can do that to via another CNN feed. Or you could just watch TV.

We talked with Hamby over the phone to get a better idea of what he has planned for tonight’s digital coverage:

Where did the idea for this “play by play” coverage come from?

During the conventions, someone had the crazy idea to let me do a web show from the grill, both in Charlotte and Tampa. And the idea was to just talk about politics and dissect the conventions and the sate of the campaign in a more causal and maybe irreverent sort of vibe. And they gave me the green light to book the guests I wanted. Now I’m 32, I’m not that young, but if you look at the pundit class that appears on the Sunday shows, they all tend to be older, the tend to be former officials. So I got some journalists, people who were working in politics, people around my age. And the conversation felt very authentic and very natural, and it was very fun. So this is replicating that a little bit.

It’ll be me and Tim and Tommy watching the speech, adding informed commentary -it’s going to be a little edgier, a little more irreverent. The feeling we’re going for really is: What people who work in politics do and say as they’re watching an event like this. We’re providing an option for people who want more voices in the room. We’re going to be reading Twitter and making a few jokes and adding our insight to what the president says and the Republican responses after.

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CNN Takes Another Step Away From News

CNN announced today that they will be adding another documentary development brand to their roster called CNN Films Presents. CNN already established a division in October 2012 called CNN Films that acquires and distributes never-before-seen-on-TV documentary programming. The new Presents brand will aimed at acquiring and distributing films that have already made their television debut.

In a press release, CNN said that the first two films to be broadcast will be the acclaimed 2005 doc March of the Penguins and the 2012 doc The Imposter -about a Frenchman who impersonated a missing child. March of the Penguins will be aired January 2nd and The Imposter January 23rd.

This is another example of Jeff Zucker‘s recently articulated vision for shaking things up at CNN. Zucker wants the traditionally news-focused network to expand its programming offerings. The idea is to get away from the politics-driven news cycle dominated by FOX and MSNBC, and instead compete with the likes of Discovery, NatGeo, and A&E.

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