Jeff Zucker will join CNN Worldwide as president of the multi-platform global news enterprise, it was announced today by Phil Kent, chairman and CEO of CNN parent company Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. In January 2013, Zucker will assume executive oversight of a portfolio of 23 branded news and information businesses that includes CNN/U.S., CNN International, CNN.com and HLN and reaches more than 2 billion people in some 200 countries around the world. Zucker will report to Kent and will be based at CNN in New York.
Zucker started his 25-year career with NBC as a researcher for NBC Sports’ coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympic Games and rose to president and chief executive officer of NBC Universal. He was named executive producer of Today in January 1992; under his eight-year leadership, the program was the most-watched morning news show and the most profitable program on television. Zucker went on to executive-produce NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw and the network’s coverage of the Persian Gulf War, the 1993 and 1997 presidential inaugurations and the 2000 elections. He was promoted to president of NBC Entertainment, president of the NBC Entertainment, News & Cable group and president and CEO of the NBC Universal Television Group. Currently, Zucker is executive producer of the syndicated daytime show Katie. FULL POST
Hour-long film reveals boy’s recovery from a brutal attack when he refused to be coerced into begging – and how he was helped from a world away
A seven year old Bangladeshi boy was viciously attacked, castrated and left for dead, allegedly by a criminal gang in Dhaka after he refused to be forced into begging. The latest CNN Freedom Projectdocumentary, Operation Hope chronicles his remarkable journey to recovery against all the odds. In 2011 CNN senior international correspondent Sara Sidner first reported about the brutal attack on the little boy. FULL POST
Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) reflects on his recent comments to extend tax cuts for 98% of Americans, and how this tactic "strengthens position" and retains “lots of leverage” for Republicans. He also responds to criticism from Republicans and support from Democrats.
On criticism from Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID), Rep. Cole says, “I love Raul. He’s a great guy. But in this case, honestly he is new here and he doesn’t know what he’s talking about in terms of my record on spending and taxes. So we can have that discussion later. But look, he’s a terrific member.”
Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.