ABC News is losing one of its veteran newsmen to CNN, The New York Times’ Media Decoder reports. CNN has hired ABC senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper, according to the report.
Tapper will anchor an afternoon program for CNN and serve as its chief Washington correspondent. He’s viewed as one of the most aggressive reporters in Washington, D.C., and while incoming CNN President Jeffrey Zucker hasn’t yet started in his role, Zucker was instrumental in hiring Tapper, the story says.
CNN didn’t say which time slot Tapper will take, but it’s thought the network will whittle the three-hour "Situation Room" to two hours, possibly making room for Tapper at 4 p.m.
For Tapper, the hiring means a return to CNN, as he was a co-host of "Take 5," a weekend panel program, in 2001. He has worked at ABC News since 2003.