Jake Tapper's CNN time slot announced


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.


- Jake Tapper

Written by: Hamatosan
Feb 11th, 2013, 8:20 pm

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Message Posted On Feb 11th, 2013, 11:32 pm

Our apologies Stickler, it seems some of the information relating to producer Federico Quandrani accidentally got transposed over to Tapper himself before publication of this article. Corrections have been made, and thanks for bringing the error to our attention.


Message Posted On Feb 11th, 2013, 10:22 pm
Where in the world do you get the idea that Jake Tapper was at MSNBC? And as a producer? Brooke Brower has produced The Daily Rundown since 2011. Not sure on the other shows, except that it was NOT Jake Tapper. Tapper has been a highly visible reporter for ABC News for years. He was their Chief White House Correspondent. He anchored their Sunday morning "This Week" public affairs program in between George Stephanaopoulos's first stint and Christanne Amenpour's unsuccessful run. Tapper was widely praised for his work on that show and probably should have been kept as its anchor. He implemented fact-checking of guests in conjunction with Politifact, a welcome innovation, given the nature of these shows to allow partisans free reign to say all manner of BS that goes hardly challenged by the host. Unfortunately, the results of the fact checking were not available until mid-week, but it was still a valuable check against these pols. Tapper also recently authored an excellent book on the Afghanistan war. This was a smart move for CNN. Less sure if it wasn't smart move for Tapper. But it did seem that he was undervalued by ABC. Good luck to him. Television news is woefully short of real journalists. Jake Tapper is the real deal.
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