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A Tough Road Ahead For Jeff Zucker, Chris Cuomo And CNN In The Morning

The day he was announced as CNN’s new worldwide president, Jeff Zucker and his new boss Turner Broadcasting chairman Phil Kent held a conference call with reporters.

Kent, never one to mince words, said that one of the reasons Time Warner hired Zucker was his experience in morning news.

“It is not lost on any of us that occasionally HLN’s morning show beats CNN’s morning show,” Kent said. “One of the hundred other reasons I wanted [Zucker] was because of his experience in the morning.”

Now, barely a week into his new job, Zucker is planning to shake up the mornings, replacing “Starting Point” with a new program anchored by Chris Cuomo, and possibly another anchor such as Erin Burnett. It is far too soon to speculate about what the new program will look like, but it is worth noting that Cuomo and Burnett have extensive experience in the mornings, although not exactly on the most-watched programs.

Zucker, of course, changed the morning show game when he rose to the top of “Today” in 1992, at the age of 26.

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Jeff Zucker Giving Input on CNN’s Inauguration Coverage

Jeff Zucker officially joins CNN on Monday, but he’s already making his mark. Insiders tell us the new CNN Worldwide president and uber producer has been giving input on CNN’s Inauguration Day plans. It was Zucker’s idea to incorporate HLN talent into CNN’s coverage. So expect to see HLN anchors Robin Meade and Christi Paul on CNN Monday.

Zucker will be in Washington, DC for his first day, we’re told. (No pressure at all, control room.)

Zucker has already held town hall meetings with staffers in Atlanta, New York and Washington, DC and has plans to visit the Los Angles bureau soon. He’ll be based in New York.

Robin Meade Oversleeps, Make-up Artists Go Into Overdrive

For the first time in 20 years of anchoring, HLN’s Robin Meade overslept this morning and then gave new meaning to the show’s title, “Morning Express” as the make-up artists had to work like a Nascar pit crew to get Meade made up before the 6am show went live.

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General Petraeus Talks About Affair To HLN

Former CIA Director General David Petraeus has not given any interviews since resigning last week, but that isn’t to say he hasn’t been talking. Petraeus apparently has had multiple conversations with HLN anchor Kyra Phillips since resigning.

Phillips appeared on “Morning Express” this morning and told Robin Meade about those conversations. (Phillips’ HLN show debuts in the new year). Petraeus told Phillips that he never divulged classified information to anyone, and that his resignation had nothing to do with the incident in Benghazi.

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The Top Cable News Programs In Q3 2012 Were…

Q3 2012 was a very strong one for MSNBC, which managed to have two shows in the top 10 in the demo for the quarter. Fox News Channel led the way as usual, scoring the top 10 programs in total viewers, and the top six in the demo.

As usual, “The O’Reilly Factor” was the number one program on Fox News and cable news overall. The program averaged 2.83 million total viewers and 551,000 demo viewers for the quarter.

On MSNBC, “The Rachel Maddow Show” was number one in both total and demo viewers, averaging 1.18 million and 356,000 viewers, respectively. “Maddow” placed seventh overall in the demo, and 11th in total viewers.

CNN’s top show in total viewers for the quarter was “Piers Morgan Tonight,” which averaged 548,000 viewers. “AC360″ led the network in the demo with 167,000. “PMT” was 24th overall in total viewers, while “AC360″ was 25th overall in the demo.

HLN’s top program in total viewers was “Nancy Grace,” which averaged 301,000. In the demo, “Morning Express” was tops with 125,000.

CNBC’s top program in total viewers was “Squawk On The Street,” which averaged 248,000 viewers, while “American greed” led the way in the demo with 114,000. Fox Business Network’s number one show was “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” which averaged 104,000 viewers for the quarter. It was also number one in the demo, averaging 31,000. Note: the Dobbs numbers include a repeat airing, while Kudlow’s does not. In a head to head matchup, not counting the repeat, Dobbs beat Kudlow, as we noted on Monday.

The cable program rankers are below.

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Sometimes, It Helps To Have the Subject’s Granddaughter On The Payroll

NBC News catches a lot of flack for hiring the children of prominent politicians (i.e. Meghan McCain, Chelsea Clinton), but there is a method to the madness. Today is former President George H.W. Bush‘s 88th birthday, and NBC’s “Today” had the first interview… conducted by his granddaughter, “Today” contributing correspondent Jenna Bush Hager.

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Bush says he hopes to go skydiving for his 9oth birthday. No word on whether Robin Meade will be joining him this time.

Bush will be giving other interviews today, including to “ABC World News” anchor Diane Sawyer.

HLN’s Clark Howard Returns to Joplin One Year Later

On the one-year anniversary of the EF-5 tornado that tore through Joplin, HLN’s “Morning Express with Robin Meade” was live this morning from Missouri to report on the town’s progress. Meade was joined by Clark Howard, who reunited with a couple he met last year and took a tour of their recently reconstructed home. WATCH:

HLN Adapting ‘Morning Express’ For The Evening, Launching ‘Evening Express’

HLN is launching a new late afternoon/early evening program called “Evening Express.” As the name suggests, the format is based on the channel’s successful morning program, “Morning Express with Robin Meade.”

The show will originate from Atlanta and will air from 5-7 PM, beginning Monday, June 4. Ryan Smith will host the show, joined by Clark Howard and Ishe Sesay, who joins HLN from sister network CNN. Angie Massie will serve as EP.

From 5-6 PM HLN currently airs “HLN Special Report,” and “Prime News” from 6-7 PM. Those shows will no longer air, but HLN says there won’t be any staff reductions, as staff will either work on “Evening Express,” or move to another show. Host Vinnie Politan will continue to anchor during In Session, and we hear he will be getting a new daytime show soon as well.

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Watch Robin Meade Sing

For HLN’s Robin Meade, singing in front of thousands of people comes much more naturally than delivering the news every morning on her show, “Morning Express.”

Meade, who grew up singing in her church, is now busy at work on a follow-up to her debut album “Brand New Day.”  The veteran morning anchor recently sat down for a “Media Beat” interview and discussed how performing has prepared her for a career in news.  Since singing is so important to who Meade is, we thought we’d post a quick video of her belting out some tunes…

Here’s the first part of our three-part interview with Meade in which she discusses the role of music in her life…

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Robin Meade Cleans Up Dirty Laundry

HLN’s Robin Meade isn’t always tied to the anchor desk. In fact, Meade was back in Nashville this week working on a new album, a follow-up to “Brand New Day.” And then there was the time she jumped out of an airplane with a former president. How that all came about, in Part III of our Media Interview.

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