Friday, January 19, 2007

Anderson Cooper Signs New Multiyear Deal with CNN

Now all speculation my be set away. He is staying with CNN

By Ben Grossman -- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/19/2007 12:05:00 PM

Anderson Cooper has inked a new multiyear pact with CNN, according to sources inside the all news network. Under the terms of the new deal, the host of the CNN primetime show Anderson Cooper 360 can continue as an occasional contributor to 60 Minutes.

Although the network would not comment directly on the matter, CNN President Jon Klein said, "Anderson Cooper is an exceptional journalist, and his dedication in going after important stories wherever they occur makes him a natural fit for CNN. We look forward to more of his groundbreaking work in the years to come."

Cooper’s previous contract with CNN was worth around $2 million a year, according to sources, and his new pay is more than double that amount. CNN has also made Cooper the center of an unprecedented multimillion-dollar promotional campaign.

Last December his newscast was up more than 30% in the key 25-54 news demo.

Cooper’s new CNN deal comes in the wake of months of speculation that he might make a full-time leap to CBS. The 39-year-old Cooper had been courted by CBS to take over the reins of the network’s ratings-challenged morning newscast The Early Show.

CBS News brass has wanted to make over The Early Show for some time, but with Cooper now not available, the news division is struggling to come up with what talent to turn to next. For the time being, the show is staying with the co-host trio of Harry Smith, Hannah Storm and Julie Chen, along with news anchor Russ Mitchell. Co-host Rene Syler left last December.

11 comentarios:

Anonymous said...

That's good news. I really can't imagine him working for any other news channel but CNN, with the exception of his work on 60 Minutes.

Anonymous said...

off subject--

I noticed we got a double dose of Randi Kaye last night. Most of the time she shows up only once a night.

I did enjoy that report she gave last week. It was funny watching Anderson squirm! :D

Anonymous said...

The FreakSpeakers have stopped speaking evidently.

Anonymous said...

Either that, or there isn't much out there to report besides gossip and immature mud slinging. I'm hoping it's the later, not the former. This is an outstanding site.

jr said...

@Anon 9:54am: I agree with you!

Did anyone watch AC360 tonight? I just went to the site and took the life expectancy test.

Guess I have to do some work in order to live a longer life. Eat more vegetables, sleep more, drink alcohol more and the normal lose weight and exercise..yadda yadda yadda. However, I do eat nuts everyday so that helped my score. It was an interesting test to take. Did anyone else take it? What was your life expectancy? Mine was 98 years old.

Anonymous said...

I didn't take the test because at Bluezones. I don't want to know!

I hope the mods or whoever runs this site come back or let us know what's up.

ivy said...

jr, I watched yestereday, it was a good show, 1st hour better then the second. Poor Gary Tuckman, do they find all these assignments for him on purpose? -) Michael Ware is going back to Iraq soon, so 360 will be worth watching just for his reports.

courtney01 said...

Hey everybody:

I don't know about Chris or Jade but I've stepped down as a moderator here. Just wanted to speak up since some of you are asking. I don't know what happened to the other two but I'm sure things will pick up soon.

Thank you for your concern, and I'm glad you enjoy the blog!

Faryl said...

I guess we'll be hearing that FreakSpeakers is closing up shop.

Anonymous said...

Did they say you had to be nuts or eat nuts?

Anonymous said...

Eat nuts. Hope you still visit thr blog, Courtney. Hopefully Chris and Jade are busy. Also, there hasn't been much to report since last week.


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