CNN’s 'Parker Spitzer' Goes Live in Effort to Boost Ratings
Network head Ken Jautz implemented the change, according to a report, as talk continues that co-host Kathleen Parker could be replaced.
NEW YORK - CNN has decided to air 8pm discussion show Parker Spitzer live after previously taping the week-day show, the New York Post reported Tuesday.
It said CNN U.S. head Ken Jautz announced the change, designed to help the show’s ratings, during a Monday morning meeting.
The news comes amid continuing chatter that co-host Kathleen Parker could be replaced.
The development also came, the Post reported, as CNN changed a billboard on Manhattan’s Sixth Avenue at the corner of 47th Street from one promoting the show to one for Piers Morgan Tonight, which launches next week. The change had long been scheduled.
Phil Kent, chairman and CEO of CNN parent Turner Broadcasting System, last week called Parker Spitzer a “work in progress,” whose execution needs improvement.