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What Kind of Anchorman Will Jake Tapper Be? ‘They Don’t Want Me to be Ron Burgundy’

Former ABC ace Jake Tapper, who debuted on CNN Tuesday, says that his being passed over — twice — as ‘This Week’ anchor was not the reason he left the network.

When ABC chose CNN’s Christiane Amanpour for ‘This Week’ in 2010, “obviously I had a degree of disappointment, “ Tapper says, “but it wasn’t as though they were putting Mario Lopez in there. Christiane’s a legend.”

Less than 18 months later, when George Stephanopoulos returned to ‘This Week’– again, no hard feelings, Tapper insists. “It’s George’s show. It was logical for him to want to do it. He’s also a journalistic legend.”

What did it for Tapper was his own weekday show at CNN, most likely to launch in March or April, in addition to being named Chief Washington Correspondent. New CNN Worldwide boss Jeff Zucker made the offer over breakfast last month at a secret undisclosed location in New York.

Tapper, in Philadelphia Thursday to promote his new book, ‘The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor,’ says he expects to take over the 4 p.m. hour currently occupied by Wolf Blitzer’s ‘Situation Room.’ Blitzer will be cut back to 5 to 7 p.m.

If all goes well, could this be a prelude to Tapper breaking into the prime-time lineup?

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Jake Tapper Gets John King’s Office

Jake Tapper has yet to start his new job at CNN, but he’s already got his setup in the Washington, D.C. bureau. TVNewser hears he’ll be moving into John King‘s office. King, a longtime CNN correspondent who hosted “John King USA” until last summer signed a short-term contract extension at the end of the year. King will be a part of Inauguration coverage this weekend. Tapper departed ABC News late last month and starts at CNN Tuesday. His early evening show will debut in a few months.

Inauguration 2013: CNN Coverage Plans

Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper will lead CNN’s coverage of President Obama’s second inauguration. Coverage of Sunday’s swearing-in ceremony begins at 10amET. Cooper and Blitzer will be joined by John Berman, Kate Bolduan, Gloria Borger, Erin Burnett, Candy Crowley, John King, Don Lemon, Piers Morgan and Soledad O’Brien. Crowley will anchor “State of the Union” from the National Mall. Special Sunday editions of “Piers Morgan Tonight” and “Anderson Cooper 360″ will air in primetime.

On Monday, Blitzer will be live with Berman, Bolduan, O’Brien and Jessica Yellin from the U.S. Capitol West Front beginning at 9amET. Cooper will be live from the National Mall with Borger, King, Lemon, David Gergen and Brooke Baldwin.  Blitzer will  anchor “The Situation Room” from Lafayette Park, the location of the President’s viewing stands. Cooper, Morgan and Burnett will anchor from 7-1opmET. Cooper will be live from the Mall, with Morgan and Burnett from the inaugural balls.

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Where Has CNN’s John King Been?

A tipster recently asked us about CNN’s John King. Indeed, the cable channel’s national correspondent had been missing from the airwaves for almost a month, and from Twitter just as long.

Well, as it turns out King has been on an extended vacation with his family, a post-election break if you will. He returned to CNN’s air this morning, and is expected to return to help lead the network’s coverage of President Obama’s second Inauguration later this month.

He also contributed to the network’s reporting in the wake of the Newtown tragedy.

This Guy’s No John King…

A journalist at Quebec-based Canadian public affairs network LCN wanted to explain the conflict in Gaza, so he took to the TV correspondent’s favorite tool: the Magic Wall. Unfortunately, the screen he used was no Magic Wall, and he was no John King. The results, however, were pretty funny:

On Election Night, TV Networks Go Back to Basics

If there was an overarching theme of 2012′s election coverage, it was a simple one: back to basics.

With the exception of NBC and ABC’s somewhat dramatic and public coverage, most of the channels refrained from the public displays, and used technological gimmicks sparingly. CBS News coverage, anchored by Scott Pelley for the first time, occasionally relied on augmented reality graphics in Studio 57, but even they were subtle, little more than a modern take on the image that viewers at home see above the anchor’s shoulder. On CNN, gone were the holograms and dozens of analysts that made up the “best political team on television™”. Instead, viewers saw a smaller, tighter, more interesting group of analysts, and the only technology was John King‘s actually helpful “Magic Wall.”

On Fox News the mood was dour, and on MSNBC the mood was gleeful, but both networks kept it simple, with the hosts and analysts sitting behind the desks and talking about the results. After the call, Fox News had what many observers thought was the best TV of the night, with Karl Rove arguing that Ohio could be won, and Megyn Kelly walking to “The Decision Desk” to get their take. No special effects required, just a camera following her down the hallway.

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Critics Praise CNN, ABC For Election Night Coverage

Television critics are already weighing in on Tuesday night’s Election coverage, with praise being directed at CNN and ABC.

The Washington Post‘s Erik Wemple calls CNN’s coverage a “triumph of reporting,” with most of his praise directed at CNN’s chief national correspondent, John King:

On Tuesday night, King was political America’s very own county commissioner at large. He breezed from counties in Florida to counties in Ohio to counties in Virginia, each time contextualizing precisely what was going on in the race. His presentation was relentless in comparing President Obama’s performance in the critical counties to his tallies from the 2008 campaign, a marker for viewers to judge whether the president was on track to win another term.

David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun also praises CNN, taking aim at MSNBC for its “ideologically driven” coverage: Read more

CNN’s Election Night Plans

CNN’s coverage of the Presidential election kicks off on Tuesday night at 6pmET. Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper will anchor from Washington, with Candy Crowley in Boston and Erin Burnett in Ohio. This will be CNN’s first election night anchored from Washington, where the network recently unveiled new state-of-the-art facilities.

CNN is deploying more than two dozen reporters across the country. Jim Acosta will be at the Romney campaign headquarters in Boston, while Jessica Yellin, Dan Lothian and Brianna Keilar will be at the Obama headquarters in Chicago. As usual, John King will be manning the Magic Wall.

The network has more than 40 consecutive hours of live programming planned beginning at 5amET Tuesday. Much more in CNN’s release after the jump. Read more

October 2012 Ratings: CNN Up Across the Board

Like all the cable news networks, CNN saw a boost in October from its election coverage, which this month included four debates. Compared to the same month last year, CNN is up double digits across the board.

The ratings for October 2012:

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 1,043,000 Total Viewers / 381,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 483,000 Total Viewers / 166,000 A25-54

In primetime, CNN is up +64% in Total Viewers and +90% in the A25-54 demographic year-over-year. In Total Day, the network is up +19% in Total Viewers and +30% in the demographic.

In Total Day, CNN had its highest audience in both Total Viewers and the A25-54 demographic since Hurricane Irene in August 2011. CNN also had its largest Monday-Friday primetime delivery since the aftermath of Michael Jackson’s death (July 2009) in Total Viewers and since the 2008 election in the A25-54 demographic. Read more

The CNN Ticker: ‘Frankenstorm,’ Tips, Mass.

  • CNN has told its anchors and producers to avoid using the term “Frankenstorm” to describe the potential storm Hurricane Sandy may become when it meets and advancing cold front. “on the rationale that the storm is powerful and deadly. Let’s not trivialize it.’”
  • Gawker reports that CNN may have stiffed some of the servers out of tips at the “CNN Grill” at the RNC. “According to Fenwick, servers were explicitly told to reject tips and to tell any generous customers that ‘CNN will take care of us.’”
  • CNN’s John King will moderate a U.S. Senate debate in his home state of Massachusetts Tuesday. CNN will air the debate at 7 PM and 11 PM, and will also be streaming it live online.

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