Jeff Zucker Addresses CNN’s Lack of Diversity

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New CNN chief Jeff Zucker is trying to ease concerns about diversity at the network by meeting with advocates for Black and Latino journalists.

Zucker met Monday with executives from the National Association of Black Journalists. He is scheduled to meet with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists on March 8, and agreed to look for talent at the group's regional conferences, NAHJ president Hugo Balta told TheWrap.

"It's not an issue that is unique to CNN. It's an issue that is the same for many media companies," said Balta, adding that it's "too early" to make a judgment about whether CNN is doing enough to encourage diversity.

"I know that CNN and certainly the senior leadership at CNN have welcomed NAHJ input and we are a vehicle for them to look at talent," he added.

CNN declined to comment to TheWrap on its diversity efforts.

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Zucker's early moves have stoked fears that he would make CNN into a "lily-White" network, one well-placed employee told TheWrap last month.


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