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Jeff Zucker is a micromanager

I don’t think it’s any surprise at all to learn Jeff Zucker runs EVERY aspect of CNN…

Mr. Zucker leads daily news meetings, unlike past CNN chiefs who delegated the responsibility. Employees called Mr. Zucker a micromanager and said that he sent missives from his BlackBerry at all hours about everything, be it the length of story segments or the graphics that appear on screen.

And here’s a little interesting tidbit about Zucker increasing live programming on CNN…

Mr. Zucker continues to tinker with CNN’s programming. He has increased live news coverage on CNN by five hours a day, largely through the addition of an overnight feed of CNN International. After some initial experiments, the “New Day” morning show now focuses less on fluff and more on news. “Crossfire,” a once-popular current event debate program that Mr. Zucker revived with hosts like Newt Gingrich, has been pulled. He also ended Piers Morgan’s live talk show. And still on Mr. Zucker’s to-do list is determining the fate of HLN, a sister network.

You can read more at the NY Times.

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2 Comments on Jeff Zucker is a micromanager

  1. wheresthebeef09 // October 3, 2014 at 9:19 pm // Reply

    Interesting that the current version of this article says “…“Crossfire,” a once-popular current events debate program that Mr. Zucker revived with hosts like Newt Gingrich, has been withdrawn” (versus “pulled”). Your version would indicate the show has been cancelled, the current version would indicate the show is on extended hiatus. Wonder what the ultimate plans are for this show….

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