‘Sources’ tell absolutely everyone: Jeff Zucker to head up CNN

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The race for a not-so-exclusive CNN scoop had everyone in a sweat Tuesday evening:

"Former NBCUniversal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker is in advanced negotiations to become head of the cable news channel CNN, people familiar with the matter said." —The Los Angeles Times

"Several news executives close to Mr. Zucker said this week that they believed he had been chosen to run CNN, and they expected the appointment to be announced soon." —The New York Times

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"Former NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker is set to sign on as the new boss of CNN’s global news operations, The Post has learned." —The New York Post

"Jeff Zucker, the former chief executive of NBCUniversal, is the lead candidate to become the next president of CNN Worldwide, say people familiar with the matter." —The Wall Street Journal

"Jeff Zucker, a former head of NBCUniversal and the producer of Katie Couric's talk show, will be named president of Time Warner Inc's ratings-starved CNN cable news channel, a source close to the situation said on Tuesday." —Reuters

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Ron Fournier is stepping down as editor of National Journal. [Politico/On Media]

Warren Buffett is still bullish on print. [NYT/Media Decoder]

TMZ denies that it is seeking a drone to stalk celebrities. [Politico/On Media]

Terry McDonell is exiting Time Inc. altogether. [New York Post]

Atlantic Wire writer Jen Doll has signed a deal to write a book about weddings. [The New York Observer]

Long live magazines, and the Columbia j-school concentration that still churns out plenty of people who want to work for them. [The New York Observer]

"What happened to the Boston Phoenix?" [Boston Magazine]

Quote of the day...

Theoretically, journalists should be the last people to fall for press releases, phony or otherwise. They’re lied to day-in and day-out on the phone by the people who write the genuine press releases I worry more about getting, and a good many of those genuine press releases aren’t exactly honest. I worry about counterfeit press releases, but I’m more suspicious about the real things, which claim to be true.

Jack Shafer

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