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Former CNN Executive Eason Jordan Joins Social Video Startup Now This News

The former chief of news at CNN, Eason Jordan, has joined social web TV start-up Now This News as general manager.

Now This had been called Planet Daily while it was still in development. In June it hired veteran ABC News digital executive Ed O’Keefe as editor in chief. That means that two veteran TV news executives will be at the helm of the start-up, which also counts former staffers from NBC, Fox News and PBS among its ranks.

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Newsmax, Ion Tap Veteran TV Execs to Produce Trump Debate

The upcoming GOP debate hosted by Newsmax and Ion Television, and moderated by Donald Trump, has lined up some TV veterans to produce the event.

Eason Jordan, the former president of newsgathering for CNN, is joining as executive producer. Jordan is currently the founder and CEO of Poll Position, a news, polling and social media company. Disclosure: has a partnership with Poll Position, in which we present the findings of some of the company’s surveys.

Newsmax and Ion have also lined up a pair of other CNN veterans in Larry Register, who will serve as media coordinator and Earl Maple, who will direct the debate. Former CBS News special events producer John Reade will serve as senior producer of the broadcast.

Where Do You Turn for Breaking News Coverage? is partnering up with Poll Position, the new polling company founded by former CNN executive Eason Jordan. On occasion, TVNewser and our other blogs will share results from Poll Position polls having to do with news media consumption and coverage. Each Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday night, Poll Position conducts national telephone polling, asking more than 1,000 Americans 10 hot topic questions in addition to demographic questions – gender, race, age, political affiliation. Among Poll Position’s questions last night was this:

When there is a major news event, do you turn to news radio stations, news websites, social media or television news networks for breaking news reporting?

TV News Networks News Websites News Radio Social Media
57.5 16.6 13.8 7.7

National Telephone Poll of 1,110 Registered Voters / 10.23.11 / Margin of Error +/- 3%

TV news networks is highest among 65+ with 70% saying they get breaking news from TV. Perhaps most surprising: the highest percentage saying Social Media — at 9% — is among 45-64 year-olds. Slightly less, 8.1% of 18-29 year-olds, say they turn to Social Media for breaking news.

The full poll will be released tomorrow on Poll Position.

Former CNN Exec Launches Polling Website

Former CNN executive Eason Jordan has launched a website that combines the scientific rigor of public opinion polling with lighter, more engaging online polling. Poll Position, as it is called, launched in September with an attention-grabbing poll asking respondents what the “best” news network was.

Politico has more on what exactly the new company does:

“We’re not trying to be Burger King to McDonald’s, we consider ourselves a news media and social media company” as well as a pollster, said Jordan. “We’re a hybrid. It’s a niche that we’re trying to exploit. Polling companies aren’t going out of the way to engage the public. Social media have lots of opinions and not a lot of facts.”

What’s the Best TV News Network?

Poll Position, the week-old polling company set up by former CNN executive Eason Jordan has a new poll out today asking people what is the best TV news network.

In a national Poll Position telephone survey, Fox News came out on top. Among all the 1,180 surveyed, 36% said Fox News was best, with 28% saying CNN and 17% MSNBC. Among independents, 36% chose Fox News, 31% CNN, 9% MSNBC, and 24% were undecided.

Since leaving CNN in 2005 after 23 years, Jordan has launched several small companies, including Poll Position which bills itself as a “non-partisan news, polling, and social media company.”

What are your thoughts?