CNN, under new chief, goes for drama with cruise-ship coverage

02/14/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

CNN on Thursday dedicated major resources to covering the return to port of the stranded Carnival Cruise Line ship Triumph, reflecting the new stewardship of former NBC chief Jeff Zucker. CNN assigned a helicopter to circle the ship, a correspondent at sea on a nearby boat and a pair of correspondents waiting at the dock. "The cruise ship story was a no-brainer to [Zucker]," Brian Stelter writes. "[F]rom a producer's standpoint, it has high stakes, human drama and a logical beginning, middle and end."

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