CNN Hires ABC News’s Tapper to Anchor New Weekday Program

Time Warner Inc.’s CNN said it hired ABC News Washington reporter Jake Tapper to anchor a weekday show, following through on the news network’s President Jeff Zucker’s pledge to create new programming.

Tapper will begin anchoring and serve as CNN’s chief Washington correspondent early next year, Christa Robinson, a spokeswoman for CNN, said in a telephone interview. He joined Walt Disney Co. (DIS)’s ABC News in 2003 and most recently served as the network’s senior White House correspondent.

CNN announced Nov. 29 it hired former NBC Universal chief Zucker as it attempts to improve ratings after struggling in recent years to compete with News Corp.’s Fox News and Comcast Corp. (CMCSA)’s MSNBC. Zucker said last month the network needed “to find new programs that will make everything better.” Zucker officially begins in January.

“Jake is an exceptional reporter and communicator, and we look forward to developing a program that takes advantage of all of his strengths,” CNN Executive Vice President Ken Jautz said today in a statement.

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