“When he’s available, he is somebody who is very talented and I would be very open to talking to him,” Jeff Zucker head of CNN said about Shep Smith.
Smith has a 1-year non-compete so unless he made a deal with Fox News, CNN will have to wait. And since Zucker trashed Fox in the same interview the chances of that are not good.
Zucker denied being anti-Trump in the interview and instead claimed CNN was “pro-truth.”
CNN president Jeff Zucker suggested that he’s interested in hiring former Fox News anchor Shepard Smith when he’s able to join a new company.
Smith abruptly departed the network on Oct. 11, and, due to the nature of his contract, won’t immediately be able to take a new job.
“I think Shep’s a great journalist,” Zucker said at the network’s Citizen conference on Thursday afternoon. “When he’s available, he is somebody who is very talented and I would be very open to talking to him.”
During an onstage interview, Zucker pushed back on Brian Stelter’s contention that Fox News employs a lot of great journalists.
“You repeat that line a lot and it’s one of the mistakes I think you make in your journalism,” Zucker said.
He also pushed back on the notion that Fox News has separate news and opinion wings: “There is no difference. I don’t see it that way. I think you’re wrong. … It’s completely erroneous.”
Zucker, who has previously called Fox News “state-run television,” said the network is “not a journalistic organization.”