CNN is mobilizing some heavy hitters to reinvigorate its 9 00 p.m. hour when Larry King departs. Having already announced that Piers Morgan will replace King, the cable news network said Monday that it is bringing aboard veteran news producer Jonathan Wald, who oversaw NBC's Today show and NBC Nightly News, to exec produce Piers Morgan Tonight . "Jonathan has spent more than 20 years as a top producer in broadcast and cable television news and has the unique ability to produce television that is smart and provocative," said CNN executive vice president Ken Jautz. He might also have added that Wald has spent an even longer time being schooled in the medium; his father, Dick Wald, is a former president of NBC and ABC News. In an interview with Mediaite.com, Wald said that his goal is not to attract viewers who presently tune in to Fox at 9 00 p.m. "There's a vast group of people who don't watch any [cable news shows] in primetime," he said. "If Piers can tap into some of that [potential audience], that'll be terrific."

02/11/2010