At a launch party celebrating Jake Tapper‘s debut today on CNN‘s The Lead, network head Jeff Zucker called the former ABC reporter “the face of new CNN”, Politico reports. “This is the start of an incredible new era”, he added in remarks at Washington, D.C.’s Sixth Engine restaurant. Tapper’s new weekday show airs at 4pm daily with the newsman in place as chief Washington correspondent and anchor. In The Lead‘s inaugural broadcast Tapper interviewed Stephen Colbert about campaigning on behalf of his sister Elizabeth Colbert Busch, who’s running for office in South Carolina’s 1st congressional district.
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CNN announced today that Jake Tapper‘s new weekday show The Lead will premiere at 4 PM on Monday March 18. In a statement, CNN said “the program will draw not only on Tapper’s deep knowledge of politics and national issues, but also seek to examine and advance stories across a wide range of topics that demonstrate his own curiosities and interests”. Tapper left ABC News in December to join CNN as its chief Washington correspondent and anchor of the new weekday program. Federico Quadrani, formerly of MSNBC, serves as executive producer. Tapper made his hosting debut on CNN at 10 PM on February 7, fronting the documentary An American Hero: The Uncommon Valor Of Clint Romesha. The doc averaged 588,000 viewers with 145,000 in the adults 25-54 demographic.
Related: Jake Tapper Says New CNN Show To Be Called ‘The Lead’
Nearly two months after Jake Tapper joined CNN, his upcoming weekday show finally has a name. “For those catching the new CNN promo that’s right our new show will be called The Lead,” the news network’s chief Washington correspondent today announced via Twitter. CNN has said the new show will air at 4 PM daily, but there still has been no announcement of when The Lead is actually debuting — all CNN will say is that it is premiering in March. Federico Quadrani has left MSNBC to serve as executive producer on the new show. The Lead will take an hour off Wolf Blitzer’s long-running The Situation Room when it debuts. Read More »