President Jeff Zucker is wasting no time picking off talent from broadcast networks for CNN.
His latest conquest: ABC's "20/20" news anchor Chris Cuomo, who made his mark on "Good Morning America" as a news anchor from 2006 to 2009. He will have a "major role" on CNN's morning show though the release was not specific. It also noted that he will anchor and report on major events. He starts with CNN next week but a start date has not been set for the revamped morning show, a spokesman said.
“Chris is an accomplished anchor who is already an established name in morning television, as well as a widely respected investigative journalist,” said Zucker in a press release. “What I love about Chris is that he is passionate about every story he tells, never forgets about the viewer, and represents the type of journalism that makes CNN great."
And management changes are happening, too. Managing editor Mark Whitaker, who joined CNN from NBC News in 2011, has quit. Zucker will oversee editorial content for CNN. More in this story.
Cuomo is the brother of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
CNN's current morning host is Soledad O'Brien. The network has struggled to draw viewers in the mornings (as well as the rest of the day when there isn't breaking news.) It's unclear what her role will be with CNN down the road.
CNN last month snagged former ABC Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper, who made his debut on the network last week. This was technically before Zucker had taken over but he was certainly working his Rolodex long before he officially took over last week. Last last week, he also hired Rachel Nichols from ESPN. She will be featured in a pre-Super Bowl telecast Sunday, with an eye to bolster sports news on the network.
Zucker's career took off as a producer for "The Today Show" on NBC in the 1990s. He helped bring Katie Couric into the limelight and propel "Today" to its top spot in the ratings - since supplanted by "Good Morning America."
Zucker is the first CNN president to be based in New York, not Atlanta.