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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Jake Tapper’s “The Lead” Debuts March 18

Today’s Lead: Jake Tapper’s “The Lead” Will Debut on CNN March 18
                The newest addition to CNN’s weekday afternoon line-up, The Lead with Jake Tapper, will premiere at 4 p.m. ET on Monday, March 18. Anchored by chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper, the one-hour program will draw not only on Tapper’s deep knowledge of politics and national issues, but also seek to examine and advance stories across a wide range of topics that demonstrate his own curiosities and interests. Compelling headlines will come from around the country and the globe, from politics to money, sports to popular culture, based on news drivers of the day.
                Tapper’s prolific tweeting will extend to his program, which will aggregate and incorporate trends and response from social media into the reporting of stories that are part of the national consciousness. Users should follow @jaketapper and @theleadcnn. Original digital content including exclusive video and blog posts will appear on beginning March 18.  

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Anonymous said...

No way i the world a show on CNN will exist without
the talking heads.

Anonymous said...

Jake Tapper is well known for his coverage of the White House and all political matters. I am a bit surprised that they are emphasizing his coverage of sports and culture - he will cover the big story no matter what it is. This sounds like a Zucker idea but I'm afraid it may backfire. Tapper has a dry wit that personally, I really like but he isn't the flashy type like Cuomo. Can he really cover something like the Arias trial or Nascar and it still come across as genuine or believable? I can't wait to tune in and see but it does seem like an odd match.

Anonymous said...

Give CNN credit for realizing they need to get into shows that are something other than politics. That format is getting old and CNN need diverse programs. You make a very good point about Chris Cuomo being suited for such a show. It will be interesting to see what the show looks like. The average person does not follow the TV biz that closely and politics is not the dominating news that many think it is. There is plenty of other news that cable news fails to mention. In many ways it's a smart move for CNN to get away from news that is solely politically centered. You eventually get to a point where you max out viewers.

Anonymous said...

I don't think Jake Tapper can carry an hour solo.

Anonymous said...

Jake wasn't all that impressive when he subbed on 360.

Anonymous said...

It's true that when he filled in as the anchor on 360
he was not that good. Anchoring and show hosting
are gifts. Not just anyone can do it. CNN should really
understand this more than anyone. Create better
shows and knock it off with those ridiculous panels.
CNN is just awful at TV. Find ways to make the news
interesting. Opinions are like heads we all have one.

Anonymous said...

IMHO, it would be better for CNN if they were more freestyle dayside. Keep Around The World and whatever brand new morning show but make the other hours more viewer friendly with guests. not pundit panels. The guests could run from filmmakers,authors musicians,poets,writers,photographers,journalists and people from all around the round who have interesting stories we need to know about. Go with real time, CNN should be live tweeting the news with fresh content every 30 minutes. Lose the anchor desk and have an open set that follows the news as it is unfolding, trends. The pundits do need to go. We all know what they are going to say . CNN should be more unpredictable. That is the only way to build an audience for The Lead, TSR and prime time shows on CNN. CNN looses too much ground during critical dayside hours. CNN is not giving viewers a reason to watch the network but plenty of reason to turn away from CNN and not come back.

Anonymous said...

I agree with most of these negative comments, but most importantly, when Jake subbed on 360, he had a really bad 'five o'clock shadow,' and it showed badly on my HD flat screen TV.
Anchors must be more sensitive to what is now seen by the viewers.
Our capablities to see every detail
is overwhelming, to say the least.
Good looking people can be called out in an instant.