Newly appointed CNN President Jeff Zucker is reportedly eyeing one of his old “Today” show talents to play a substantial role on a revamped CNN prime-time lineup.
It’s none other than Ann Curry, 56, long-time news anchor and substitute co-host who finally earned a co-host position earlier this year on the once-mighty NBC morning show, but subsequently lost the job when ratings for “Today” fell and she was blamed (or so it seemed).
Curry’s role in the ratings decline at “Today” remains debatable, since the show has yet to regain its footing with new co-host Savannah Guthrie. And one person who evidently thinks Curry still has the ability to draw viewers is Zucker, the one-time executive producer of “Today” who is reportedly considering Curry to anchor a new show weeknights at 8 p.m. (7c) on CNN. The story is being reported here in The New York Post.
The paper cites unnamed sources who say Zucker would like to develop a show for Curry at 8 p.m. — leading off CNN’s prime-time lineup. Currently, Anderson Cooper anchors the 8-9 p.m. hour (7-8c), and also the 10-11 p.m. hour (9-10c). He’s in the 8 p.m. slot because a previous show hosted by Erin Burnett did not bring in the viewers CNN execs hoped it would.
Burnett’s show, “Out Front,” is now seen at 7/6c, but according to The Post, Zucker is considering moving Burnett to mornings, where she would be paired with a male co-host.
The story points out that Zucker, who most recently served as executive producer of Katie Couric’s new daytime talk show (she’s another one of his old “Today” talents, of course), doesn’t start his new job at CNN until late in January. In addition, Curry is still under contract at NBC (though contracts have been known to be broken).