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Will Tamron Hall Stay with NBC?

Tamron Hall 304It’s contract time for MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall, who also fills in on “Today.” TVGuide reports Hall is negotiating for a co-host role on the third hour of “Today,” currently hosted by Willie Geist, Natalie Morales, and Al Roker.

As we’ve noted before, CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker is fond of Hall. Zucker’s had success to date prying prominent talent away from other networks, Chris Cuomo and Bill Weir to name two.

We’ve heard even if Hall stays and moves to “Today,” she would likely still host a show for MSNBC. She currently anchors “News Nation” at 2pm.

With 11am and noon hosts Thomas Roberts and Alex Wagner on the move, MSNBC has been having Richard Lui and Craig Melvin fill in on those hours with news coverage this week.

NBC News and MSNBC declined comment to TVNewser. We’ve also reached out to Hall’s agent, but have not heard back.

Jeff Zucker: ’2014 Will Be The Year We Shake Up Primetime’

jeff-zuckerIn an interview with Ad Age, CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker promises big changes in 2014.

“It’s safe to say 2014 will be the year we shake up prime time,” Zucker said.

The piece highlights Zucker’s attempt to make dramatic changes to CNN’s lineup without damaging its brand as the place for news.

At stake is the future of one of the news industry’s storied brands. Mr. Zucker is trying to hang on to CNN’s heritage — the go-to for breaking news that still provides the network with its greatest ratings bumps, while expanding into the broad-appeal lifestyle programming that has helped other cable networks break out of their niches. In other words, CNN needs its “Duck Dynasty.”

“We never want to give up on breaking news,” Zucker said. “But the types of programs we do offer will be broader — informational, educational, entertaining. You will see more of that next year, allowing us to broaden the audience and field to advertisers.” Read more

‘Reliable Sources’ Reviews Changes at Fox News, CNN

Reliable SourcesThe shakeups at both Fox News and CNN were analyzed on “Reliable Sources” year-in-review show, with the panel agreeing cable news networks are trying to create new buzz to counter shrinking ratings.

TalkingPointMemo’s Hunter Walker highlighted Fox News moving Megyn Kelly to 9pm.

“She obviously had a huge buzzy moment in the past month, and I think that’s the type of thing that Fox is looking for.”

Host Brian Stelter brought up CNN’s “flat” ratings and CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker bringing in new faces like Jake Tapper and Bill Weir.

“We’ve seen Anthony Bourdain come in, which I think is very interesting,” Walker added, suggesting CNN is shifting to general interest entertainment in many areas. Watch:

News Pro Names ’12 to Watch in TV News’

12 to watch in TV NewsTV Week’s News Pro magazine is out with its forward-looking “12 to Watch in TV News” list. Unsurprisingly, HLN president Albie Hecht is on the list, as he’s expected to make major changes to the network early on in the new year.

Other network executives featured are NBC News President Deborah Turness—who is rumored to be eyeing major shakeups, including cutting on-air talent and possibly even making changes to “Meet the Press”—and Al Jazeera America President Kate O’Brian, who told TVNewser AJAM aims to become the top news division in America. Whether she can lift the new network from its ratings woes in an interesting storyline to watch in 2014.

Fox News’ Megyn Kelly made the list after she was moved to the 9pmET primetime slot earlier this year. Kelly has generated both strong ratings and holiday controversy on FNC. Read more

Jeff Zucker: ‘We Need More Shows and Less Newscasts’

zucker304x200After 11 months at the helm of CNN, Jeff Zucker tells Capital New York’s Alex Weprin and Mike Allen about the huge changes still to come as he shapes the network’s news coverage into something “that is just not being so obvious”:

Instead, he wants 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.”

[...] More series and films untethered to the news and produced by outside production companies will get runs in primetime: “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 primetime play. It’s too expensive to confine it to weekends.”

Among the prime-time possibilities he is considering at CNN: half-hour shows, perhaps including one for Bill Weir, recently hired from ABC. “Honestly, there is not a piece of paper that has the lineup on it right now,” he said.

Zucker also reveals that he was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy earlier this year: Read more

Don Lemon Gets Primetime Run on CNN

DonLemonCNN is giving Don Lemon a program in primetime. TVNewser has learned beginning early next month, Lemon will host a half-hour show at 11pmET/8pmPT. Lemon currently anchors weekend evenings for CNN and is being tapped as a fill-in anchor for Erin Burnett when she goes on maternity leave soon. Jonathan Wald, who oversees Piers Morgan‘s show, will also EP Lemon’s show. The news was first reported by FTVLive.

Lemon relocated from CNN HQ in Atlanta to New York over the summer. His new show will replace the re-air of “Erin Burnett: OutFront.” CNN’s primetime will also need to make room for recent arrival Bill Weir‘s show which is expected to take to the air in the new year.

FNC’s John Roberts, CNN’s Bill Weir Interview Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

RobertsFordThe Toronto Council meets again today to decide whether to strip embattled Mayor Rob Ford of more of his powers. Meanwhile, Ford is not backing down.

Over the weekend, while Bobby Moynihan was doing him, he did interviews with two U.S. networks. FNC’s Canadian-born John Roberts did a satellite interview with Ford Sunday afternoon.

“We talked to to him for about 15 minutes while he was taking a break from filming his new television show for the Sun News Network,” said Roberts.

This morning on CNN’s “New Day” Bill Weir talked about how his Ford interview came together. It started with a conversation Weir had with Ford’s brother, Toronto Councillor Doug Ford, Friday night. “I said I’d love to visit your ward and meet your supporters. He called my bluff, and less than 18 hours later I found myself in a Toronto housing project, listening to a Rob Ford rant.”

“I was tired of all these allegations and bullshit. Excuse my words. Sorry I shouldn’t swear in front of the kids,” Ford says to Weir. WATCH:

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Bill Weir Makes His CNN Debut

BillWeirCNNBill Weir, the former ABC News “Nightline” anchor made his first appearance on CNN last night. He went on “Erin Burnett: OutFront” with a report on crack-smoking, obscenity-prone, defiant Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

“Welcome to CNN,” said Burnett. “THIS is CNN. So great to be here” Weir shot back. He also went on “New Day” this morning with more of his Ford story.

Weir will begin developing a primetime show set to launch early next year and is also the network’s Chief Innovation Correspondent.

Piers Morgan on His Future at CNN

CNN’s Piers Morgan was on “CBS This Morning” today discussing his new book, Shooting Straight: Guns, Gays, God, and George Clooney. Morgan says the book is “a diary” of his three years at CNN, the last year of which has been dominated by his calls for stricter gun laws.

Toward the end of the interview, Norah O’Donnell asked Morgan about his future at CNN, following the news that Bill Weir would be joining the network and developing a show in prime time. “I will be taken out of CNN kicking and screaming,” Morgan said. “I absolutely love it. It’s a fantastic network. It’s a great news place to be.”

Bill Weir is Joining CNN

Bill WeirBill Weir is joining CNN, TVNewser has learned.

As we reported earlier, Weir is leaving ABC his TV home since 2004. At CNN, Weir will work on several shows and develop a program for primetime. This will begin speculation about where, in primetime, Weir’s show will land. CNN isn’t talking about it yet.

Weir is the latest ABC talent to make the move to CNN. Anchors John Berman and Jake Tapper joined last year, Chris Cuomo came aboard earlier this year, and correspondent Jim Scuitto joined last month. Andrew Morse, who worked at ABC News, then Bloomberg TV, joined CNN in August as SVP of domestic newsgathering and digital editorial. Former ABC News talent executive Amy Entelis is now CNN’s talent and acquisitions chief.

> 3:15pm | Official: Weir will have the title of Chief Innovation Correspondent. He joins in November. CNN’s release after the jump…

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