In a profile in The Hollywood Reporter, we learn that CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker has no problem going into the control room during New Day:
He’ll offer opinions on elements as seemingly minute as Chyrons and graphics. And, says New Day co-anchor Alisyn Camerota, who came to CNN last year after 16 years at Fox News, it’s not unusual for him to be in the control room during the broadcast, which begins at 6 a.m. “Where I’ve worked before, interviews are three-and-a-half to four minutes — that’s it and you’re out, even if you’re in a moment,” she says. “Here, I’ll be in the middle of an interview and I’ll hear the control room in my earpiece, ‘Jeff is here; Jeff says keep going.'”
He then fires off a shot at Fox News and Roger Ailes:
A primetime lineup that includes documentaries (Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s The Seventies) and reality series (Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown) has been fodder for competitors. Fox News CEO Roger Ailes told THR last year that CNN is “out of the news business.”
Zucker laughs at the rhetoric: “It’s absurd on its face. The fact is, we’re doing more news than we’ve ever done. We’re doing more news than anybody else. Part of our strategy has been to mount series programming because you can’t exclusively rely on just what you’d classify as traditional news. And who’s copying us? Fox.”
He’s referring to Fox News host Bill O’Reilly’s Legends & Lies – which had a ten-week run earlier this year – and O’Reilly’s Killing movies, which are produced for Fox-owned National Geographic but also air on Fox News. Adds Zucker: “So not only are they doing series, they’re doing scripted series. They’re doing it with actors. And the fact is, they’ve gone further out of the news business than we have.”
The full profile can be found here.