New CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker hasn't been shy about stamping his brand on the network since his official coronation last week. Following his acquisition of ESPN sports journalist Rachel Nichols, Zucker has poached 20/20 anchor Chris Cuomo from ABC to co-host a new morning show with CNN's Erin Burnett.
"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 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."
Zucker, who began his career as a researcher on NBC's Today Show and worked his way up through the company, wants to make his mark on CNN with the new morning show hosted by Cuomo and Burnett. Prior to his stint on 20/20, Cuomo served as news anchor on Good Morning America for three years. Burnett is making the switch to mornings because her primetime show OutFront has been battered in the ratings, like most of CNN's lineup.
While there's no word on Burnett's OutFront replacement, ABC wasted no time in naming Cuomo's successor on 20/20. David Muir, the World News weekend anchor who also fills in for Diane Sawyer during the week, will assume the position alongside 20/20 co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas.
In an email to staff, ABC News president Ben Sherwood confirmed Cuomo's departure and highlighted Muir's credentials. "For the last two years David has appeared on air more often than any correspondent at any news division, reporting from Tahrir Square to Fukushima to Tucson to Aurora," he wrote.
Would you watch a CNN morning show hosted by Erin Burnett and Chris Cuomo?