ABC News senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper becomes the first major on-air personality to make an announced switch to the newly Jeff Zucker-ed CNN.
He’ll anchor a new weekday program that’ll debut next year. He’ll also become chief Washington correspondent at the Time Warner cable news network that’s wrapping up 2012 with fewer viewers than either Fox News Channel or MSNBC.
“With CNN’s impeccable reporting during the elections and the exciting changes in the works for the network, this is a perfect time to join the CNN team,” Tapper said in a statement sent out Thursday afternoon, adding, “I am excited about the prospect of working with both the new leadership and some old friends and colleagues.”
Zucker — the NBC News wunderkind who shot up through the ranks of that network to become chief executive of NBC Universal — was last month named new president of the ratings-challenged cable news network because he is a “magnet for talent,” said Phil Kent, CEO of CNN-parent Turner Broadcasting.