12/14/2012 11:42 am ET Updated Dec 14, 2012

Jeff Zucker Eying Late Night Comedy For CNN: Report

CNN's new chief Jeff Zucker is reportedly looking to spice up CNN's primetime line-up with a late-night comedy show, the New York Daily News said Friday.

A source told the paper that Zucker, who will soon take the helm at CNN, has been sending people to talent agents for "smart, funny comics like Jon Stewart” for a possible “late night comedy."

A spokesperson for CNN commented, "We are not engaging in any speculation," and added that Zucker does not begin his new role until January.

The Daily News noted that Zucker believes that CNN's hiring of "Supersize Me" director Morgan Spurlock and Anthony Bourdain are moves in the right direction. “News is not just about politics and war,” he said in November. “The definition of news is broader than perhaps has been historically thought about here.”

All eyes are on Zucker, whose appointment was announced in November, prepares to take over CNN. There has been much speculation — ranging from rumors about Ann Curry moving to CNN and bumping Anderson Cooper, Piers Morgan getting a later time slot and Erin Burnett moving to mornings — as to what he'll do once he gets there.



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