Can Jake Tapper save CNN?
I doubt it, but I do not think he is being brought about to do so. He is a piece of the puzzle in what will hopefully bring some stability at the floundering cable news network.
Tapper, who begins his new weekday program this March, is joining the network from ABC News, where he served as chief White House correspondent, and was interim anchor of "This Week" between George Stephanopoulos and Christiane Amanpour's stints.
CNN announced that Tapper's program will air at 4 p.m. and that Federico Quandrani will be serving as the executive producer on the series. Quandrani previously worked as a producer on Today, along with MSNBC's The Daily Rundown and Jansing & Company. He has also written for ABC's Good Morning America in the past.
“Federico’s talent for story development and live production will be a perfect fit for Jake’s new program,” said Sam Feist, CNN Washington bureau chief and senior vice president. “Federico’s track record with both network news programs and Washington-based cable news programs make him a terrific addition to CNN as we enter into an exciting time for the network.”
Tapper praised the addition of Quandrani to the team.
"I’m thrilled to have Federico join me in leading our new team. In recent years, he has produced incisive political coverage, but his diverse news background is equally important. From his Peabody Award-winning live coverage of 9/11 in the ABC News control room through his days producing textured taped pieces and remarkable live shots at NBC’s Today, Federico has built a reputation for finding great American stories and creating compelling content. His voice will help us build the informative, engaging and provocative program we want this to be," he said.