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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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Bill Weir Leaving ABC News, Dan Harris Named ‘Nightline’ Co-Anchor

bill weir“Nightline” anchor Bill Weir is leaving ABC News for “another opportunity in the news business,” president Ben Sherwood announced this morning. Effective immediately, he will be replaced on “Nightline” by Dan Harris.

Weir has worked at ABC since 2004, when he helped launch the weekend edition of “Good Morning America.” Harris replaced Weir on weekend “GMA” when Weir moved to “Nightline” in 2010.

“Bill’s style is singular; his voice unique; and we will miss him and, yes, his turkey frying safety tips,” Sherwood wrote in a note to ABC News this morning. “I know you all will join me in thanking him for his contributions and wishing him the best.”

In his new role, Harris will continue to co-anchor the weekend edition of “GMA” alongside Bianna Golodryga. We’re told that the announcement of Harris’ move to “Nightline” was met with long and loud applause at this morning’s editorial meeting.

Read Sherwood’s full note after the jump. Read more

Terry Moran Named Chief Foreign Correspondent For ABC News

“Nightline” anchor Terry Moran is leaving the late-night show and moving to London to become an anchor and chief foreign correspondent for ABC News. He will move across the pond later this Summer.

Moran is an ABC News veteran, serving as White House correspondent from 1999-2005, before joining “Nightline.” He joined ABC News in 1997 from Court TV, where he was an anchor and correspondent. He will report on this term’s Supreme Court decisions before departing for London.

“Terry’s range as a reporter is exceptional. He is equally adept interviewing a confessed hit man in one of Mexico’s most notorious gangs as he is breaking down some of the most complex Supreme Court decisions,” ABC News president Ben Sherwood wrote in a note to staff this morning. “A brilliant writer and gifted storyteller, Terry has the ability to see the story no one else sees, explain its importance to the audience, and do it all in a stylish and compelling way.”

Moran departs “Nightline” as it continues to try and find its way in its new 12:35 AM timeslot. Earlier this month Moran’s colleagues Bill Weir and Cynthia McFadden defended the program in an interview with the AP, arguing that it still produces top quality journalism, even as it lost more than half of its audience.

Sherwood’s note, below.
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‘The Nightline Legacy is a Precious Thing Worth Fighting For’

The anchors and executive producer of ABC’s “Nightline” are opening up about the show: its summer run (dubbed “The Lookout”), its late night move and its future.

“We believed that as long as we were winning, and under budget, we were safe,” co-anchor Bill Weir tells the AP’s David Bauder. “So everyone learned to shoot and edit, and our little band of true believers spilled blood, sweat and tears to win our slot and still tell as many meaningful stories as we could.

It sounds corny, but everyone here believes that a real democracy depends on real journalism and the ‘Nightline’ legacy is a precious thing worth fighting for,” Weir says.

“Nightline” has lost half its audience since moving to 12:35am in January, but still tops NBC and CBS at that hour. And as Bauder points out, Jimmy Kimmel isn’t doing as well as “Nightline” did at 11:35.

Still, EP Jeanmarie Condon says the new timeslot has provided an opportunity to “reshape the show…” “It’s given us more freedom,” she says.

“When we look back on all of this we’re going to see this as a turning point for a whole new set of opportunities,” says co-anchor Cynthia McFadden. “I hope I’m right, but that’s what I believe.”

Juju Chang Goes Undercover As a Senior Citizen For ‘The Lookout’

The lengths reporters will go for a story. On tonight’s edition of “The Lookout” on ABC (previously known as “Nightline” primetime), correspondent and anchor Juju Chang is going undercover as a senior citizen. Chang calls TV repairmen with what should be an easy fix, and sees if they try to gouge her.

Here are the before and after photos:

The show will also feature undercover reports from Bill Weir and Deborah Roberts, though neither made a change as dramatic as Chang.

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