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

CNN MoneyTVNewser was at New York City’s Gansevoort Hotel last night as CNN officially celebrated its sole ownership of CNNMoney, which recently separated from Fortune and Money.

“We’re uniquely positioned to report on financial, money, media, and luxury news because of our prowess across both digital and television,” CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker told TVNewser at the event.

“CNNMoney is able to bridge both mediums incredibly well, and given our digital strength in particular, I think we’re really well positioned to increase the presence of CNNMoney across television, and blow it out even more.”

And that increase across TV is already underway. During his speech at the event, Zucker gave a shout-out to “Early Start” co-anchor Christine Romans, recognizing her as the new host of “CNN Money” Saturdays at 2pmET. The show, which was previously titled “Your Money,” premiered under its new name two weeks ago.

“Our goal is to make you fluent in money, everything that’s happening in business, but at the same time how it pertains to you and your own finances,” Romans told us.

And expect a healthy marriage between money and politics: “Nothing goes better together than money and politics,” VP of CNNMoney and Politics for digital Ed O’Keefe told us, suggesting coverage will cross-pollinate politics during the 2016 election season.

And you’ve all been waiting… who’s the mysterious hand holding the money clip above? Photo credit goes to CNN’s Senior Director of PR, Matt Dornic.

The Biz Ticker: Bloomberg, Bartiromo, Bell

  • Jacki Kelley is joining Bloomberg Media as Chief Operating Officer. Kelley was most recently CEO for IPG Mediabrands. “There is an insatiable and magnetic ambition at Bloomberg,” Kelley said in a statement. “After looking at what is being built in the media operation here, I realized it’s one of those rare opportunities where if I did not do it, I may wonder what I missed.”

  • In a Q+A with Variety, Maria Bartiromo reveals how she unwinds at the end of the day: “I work out a lot; I ride my bike when I come home. I’ll do 20 or 30 miles a couple of times a week. And I love yoga.”

CNN Money Closing Bell

Bush Library ‘Had No Editorial Control’ Over ’41 on 41′

41on41AilesTVNewser was at the screening last night for the new CNN Films presentation of “41 on 41,” which will air this Sunday, Father’s Day, on CNN.

The film features 41 people sharing intimate stories about the 41st president, George H.W. Bush, as a politician, a president, a father and a grandfather.  In some cases — like that of Pierce Bush, one of 24 Bush grandchildren — the portrait is very intimate. (Listen closely for the story about what was found on Barbara Bush‘s laptop).

“41 on 41″ is executive produced by President Bush’s former White House speechwriter, Mary Kate Cary, and Rick Kaplan, the former president of CNN, and later MSNBC. “It’s good to have Rick back in the building,” said CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker in his introduction of the screening.

The film is backed by the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library, but in the Q&A following the screening, Cary noted the Library “had no editorial control” of the documentary and only provided funding. “This was made as any other independent film would have been made,” said Cary. She said the “41″ theme played throughout the 10-month film-making process, which included 45-minute sit-downs with the 41 participants. In all, the crew traveled 41,000 miles gathering the interviews.

Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes and NBC News special correspondent Tom Brokaw are featured back-to-back sharing stories of Pres. Bush’s military service. Cary says while it was a challenge to get the list down to just 41, there are a few people she wished could have made the film, including former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who couldn’t participate due to health reasons, and Tiger Yang, who was assigned to the Bushes during his role as U.S. Liaison to Beijing in 1974-75 and is now a high-ranking Chinese politician. Cary said it was a challenge to get the Chinese government to participate at all in the project.

As for the 41st president, he’s seen the film and enjoyed it. “He was very humbled,” said Cary. “In a Lou Gehrig way, he said, ‘I’m the luckiest guy in the world.’”

Has the Charismatic, Authoritative TV News Broadcaster Been Lost?

BourdainUSA Today’s Michael Wolff gives his take on whether Jeff Zucker can save CNN at a time TV news audiences are growing more “fetishistic,” and the old-school TV news broadcaster “has been lost.”

Jeff Zucker, CNN’s ambitious chief and as tactical a television mind as exists, seems in many ways to have concluded that there probably isn’t. To an ever and ever greater degree, cable news is about sliver audiences— even Fox News averages only a million viewers a night — targeted to melodramatic or campy political sensibilities. In the case of CNN, which tries to rise above single-bore politics, its specialty is the melodramatic and campy news event— the ever-missing plane —that draws the ever-declining news audience. This reflects a problem with the cable audience — it’s overly fixated, if not fetishistic.
But it may also reflect a problem with cable news talent. The very idea of what we used to call a television broadcaster, charismatic and authoritative, has been lost — with, arguably, Barbara Walters, retiring last month at 84, being the last living example in America.

Wolff also suggests ambitious up-and-comers are looking away from the traditional anchor chair, and turning their eye toward a more globe-trotting platform.

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New CNNMoney ‘Will Be More Connected to CNN Television Than Ever’

cnn moneyAs CNN officially takes control of CNNMoney as part of the Time Inc. spinoff from Time Warner, the network is touting “significant changes” to the site.  A new logo, two new verticals, a new app and three Flipboard magazines were launched today.

In a note to staffers this afternoon, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker said the site will “be more connected to CNN television than ever.” In addition to branded CNNMoney segments appearing on the channel, TVNewser hears “Your Money,” CNN’s Saturday business show hosted by Christine Romans, will be rebranded to “CNNMoney” in the coming weeks.

“This is an incredible opportunity for CNN to build upon the already-successful CNNMoney brand and expand the network’s business, perso​nal finance, industry, and tech news coverage across all platforms,” Zucker wrote.

Zucker’s full note and a promo for the new CNNMoney are after the jump. Read more

Jeff Zucker: ‘Today We Have Seen the True Scope of What CNN is and Can Be’

cnn the sixties promoThe premiere of CNN’s “The Sixties” averaged 1,390,000 total viewers and 284,000 A25-54 viewers Thursday night, according to Nielsen Fast National data. The preliminary numbers indicate the show’s premiere won the 9pmET timeslot and the re-air won the 10pmET timeslot in the demo. Final numbers will be in later today.

>Update: Finals are in, and CNN did indeed win in the demo at 9pmET and 10pmET.

In a note to staff this afternoon, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker wrote, “I wanted to take a moment to tell you how proud I am to work at CNN today.” Zucker cited the successful launch of “The Sixties” and the “outstanding, months-long reporting” by Drew Griffin, the reporter who broke the VA scandal story — which led to the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki this morning — as examples.

“Today we have seen the true scope of what CNN is and can be,” Zucker writes. “…CNN is evolving. Our commitment to news, investigative journalism and inspired storytelling is what we are all about.”

For the 9pmET hour, CNN was up +312% in total viewers and +190% in A25-54 viewers compared to the prior four-week average. Compared to past CNN specials — including “Blackfish,” “Weed” and past episodes of “The Sixties” — last night’s premiere ranked second overall in total viewers and 10th in the A25-54 demographic.

Zucker’s full note is after the jump. Read more

CNN Goes Back to ‘The Sixties’

In celebration of the premiere of “The Sixties,” CNN threw a ’60s themed party Wednesday night at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal. The party was held in the same space where the network’s exhibit of ’60s artifacts is on display this week.

The party included entertainment from Beatles tribute band The Fab Faux and 1960s-themed food, including green bean casserole, turkey meatloaf and retro candy, served on TV dinner trays. Guests posed for photos with tie-dye bandanas, retro sunglasses, and inflatable guitars. The exhibit, which features one of Keith Richards‘ guitars, a lifesize replica of Mr. Rogers, and an old television camera belonging to CBS News, was also open to guests.

TVNewser spotted Don Lemon, Ashleigh Banfield, John Berman, Brian Stelter and his wife, NY1′s Jamie Stelter, Christine Romans and Sally Kohn. CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker introduced the Fab Faux before they took the stage around 8 p.m. Also in attendance: Indra Petersons, Allison Kosik, Poppy Harlow, Sam Feist, Dan Abrams, and Chris Cuomo, whose brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, was on hand to open the exhibit at Grand Central on Tuesday.

“The Sixties” is a ten-part series that kicks off the network’s new primetime programming slate. The first installment airs tonight at 9pmET.

CNN, Smithsonian Affiliates Partner for ‘A Look into the Sixties’ Exhibit at Grand Central

cnn sixties promoCNN and 11 Smithsonian-affiliated museums have partnered to curate a special exhibit on the 1960s, opening Tuesday at Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall.

The exhibit is timed with the premiere of CNN’s “The Sixties” Thursday night on CNN. In a statement, Jeff Zucker said “bringing the series to life through these artifacts adds a unique dimension to our storytelling.”

The exhibit will be open through Friday, May 30. TVNewser will be at “The Sixties” premiere party at Grand Central Wednesday night.

CNN’s Brooke Baldwin, Carol Costello Move to NYC

costello baldwinTwo CNN anchors are making the move from Atlanta to New York this summer. Beginning in August, Brooke Baldwin and Carol Costello will anchor their respective hours of “CNN Newsroom” from NYC. Costello anchors “Newsroom” from 9-11amET and Baldwin helms the 2-4pmET hours.

“Carol Costello and Brooke Baldwin will move to New York to anchor their weekday CNN Newsroom shows, beginning in August. There will be no other changes to those shows’ production team,” a CNN spokesperson told TVNewser. “Atlanta is, and always will be, a critical part of CNN Worldwide’s operations. It remains home to much of our programming and content, including the production for many of our shows, CNN’s worldwide newsgathering operations, CNN Digital, CNN International, CNN en Espanol, HLN and Newsource.”

Other CNN shows that are anchored from New York but produced in Atlanta: “CNN Newsroom” with Don Lemon” and “Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield. Wolf Blizter‘s 1pmET “Wolf” is produced in Atlanta but anchored in DC. A CNN source tells us having the anchors in New York gives them more on-set guest opportunities.

The shift means all of CNN’s weekday programs will be anchored from New York or DC. When Jeff Zucker took over as CNN Worldwide president, he said: ““Atlanta will continue to be the home for CNN and continue to be the backbone of CNN.”

Jeff Zucker: CNN Won’t be ‘Shamed’ Into Benghazi Coverage

JeffZuckerCNNCapital New York reports CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker won’t allow CNN to be “shamed” into covering special committee hearings on the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

“We’re not going to be shamed into it by others who have political beliefs that want to try to have temper tantrums to shame other news organizations into covering something,” Zucker told the New York TimesBill Carter at last night’s Deadline Club awards dinner. “If it’s of real news value, we’ll cover it.”

The “others” Zucker was likely referring to were his competitors at Fox News and MSNBC; both networks rededicated coverage to the Benghazi story earlier this month when new emails were uncovered showing White House adviser Ben Rhodes providing former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice talking points before her Sunday show interviews several days after the attack.

And while continuing to defend his network’s Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 coverage, Zucker acknowledged one regrettable moment.

“He was being facetious, but it did not come off that way,” Zucker said about anchor Don Lemon asking a guest if a black hole possibly sucked in the plane. “And he knows that if he could do it over again, he wouldn’t quite present it that way.”

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