CNN's Jeff Zucker raids ABC again as he eyes Chris Cuomo for CNNBy John Clarke
From The DailyMail Online:
From the CNN's new chief Jeff Zucker is raiding ABC again in his search for a new face to lead the network.
According to reports, Mr Zucker is eyeing ABC's Chris Cuomo, the network's legal correspondent and co-anchor of '20/20.'
Since taking over as president of the cable network in November, Mr Zucker has been trying to build up prime-time news lineup, expand coverage beyond politics and war, and increase Hollywood coverage.
Now he just needs some new blood.
'Jeff’s still looking for an anchor he can basically make the centerpiece of the network,' a source tells the New York Post.
Cuomo, the brother of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, worked as a correspondent at Fox News before jumping to ABC, where he was the news anchor for 'Good Morning America' from 2006 to December 2009.
He currently co-anchors '20/20' with Elizabeth Vargas.
Mr Zucker has also reportedly been looking at Ann Curry, who is still under contract with NBC, to fill the 8pm time slot, currently held by Anderson Cooper.
According to the Post, Curry fits the bill.
'[Zucker] cannot allow the low ratings at CNN to continue,' a source told the Post. "So he can’t hire a nobody. Curry fits that CNN-smarty-pants-foreign-affairs type.'
He most recently poached ABC's White House correspondent Jake Tapper.
According to the New York Post, he’s also reached out to some top reporters in Hollywood, specifically at Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.