CNN shakeup includes new show for Cuomo
Former "Good Morning America" newscaster and "20/20" host Chris Cuomo confirmed Tuesday that he is heading to CNN to start a new morning show.
"Chris is an accomplished anchor who is already an established name in morning television, as well as a widely respected investigative journalist," CNN president Jeff Zucker said in a statement. "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."
Cuomo, brother to current New York governor Andrew Cuomo and son of former Gov. Mario Cuomo, had been the chief legal correspondent at ABC and was a frequent guest on Barbara Walters' "The View."
CNN is currently going through a few changes that Zucker is ushering in to help bring the ratings back to the first all-news cable outlet. Cuomo's morning show will be one of the highest-profile changes.
"While it's very difficult to leave ABC News, a place filled with people I have loved working with for many years, I am excited about my future with CNN," Cuomo said in a statement.
I, and around a thousand other people, had the chance to meet Cuomo when he came to Waukesha in 2009 as part of a contest in which a family won the chance to have "GMA" spend the day and night in their home. Robin Roberts, Diane Sawyer, Chris Champion and Cuomo met with Waukesha residents at a park gathering the night before the airing of the show. The cast members were very approachable and personable with the few hundred people that came out to the meet and greet.
David Muir, who hosts the weekend editions of "World News Tonight" will take Cuomo's anchor spot on "20/20."
BUSINESS RATINGS WINNER: Lou Dobbs continues to earn the top spot in the ratings among business network viewers. The Fox Business Network show posted its fifth win in as many months over CNBC's Larry Kudlow.
TEAM BUILDING: CBS has announced that it added three more analysts to assist with Super Bowl coverage. The network added Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher and Pro Football Hall of Famer Rod Woodson to the lineup. Packers linebacker Clay Matthews will be a part of the coverage team on Sunday.
Other current players entering the broadcasting ranks are Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith, Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber, New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew.
SMOKING: "Cigar Aficionado" magazine features an interview with Fox Business Network's Charlie Gasparino. The self-called, "most hated man on Wall Street" talked about the smoking culture in the financial world.
"Wall Street guys love cigars," he said. "As I became more and more a Wall Street reporter, I started going to cigar bars, and smoking cigars became a huge thing. Back then you used to be able to smoke at restaurants." Gasparino said that being out front smoking helped him network and develop sources for stories.
I'm not a smoker, but I give Gasparino props for using this common networking technique. I've often stood out front in the cold to get better info for a number of stories in the days I was working various beats.
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