Is Jeff Zucker already trying to bring some of his old Today magic to ratings-impaired CNN? According to the New York Post, Zucker wants to bring Ann Curry to CNN’s 8 p.m. hour, as a lead-in for Christiane Amanpour. Reportedly,
“Jeff wants a headliner like Rachel Maddow or Bill O’Reilly in prime time,” a source says. “He cannot allow the low ratings at CNN to continue . . . so he can’t hire a nobody. Curry fits that CNN-smarty-pants-foreign-affairs type.”
Today unceremoniously axed Curry this summer, after its ratings began to slip, and replaced her with Savannah Guthrie. Though NBC executives weren’t happy with Curry’s time opposite Matt Lauer, she does remain under contract with the Peacock network.