CNN BASHERS from cyber-gossip Matt Drudge to Fox News czar Roger Ailes were downright gleeful last week over CNN's short-lived promo for Paula Zahn's debut show that referred to her as "sexy" with an accompanying sound resembling a zipper coming undone. Was the ad a concoction of CNN execs Walter Isaacson and/or Jamie Kellner? CNN says no, the promo department didn't follow SOP and it's considering personnel action. Predictably, Ailes, who lost Zahn to CNN, had a different take. "This has got Kellner's fingerprints, palm prints and face prints on it," Ailes told New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd.
The New FINE LIVING cable net, set for a spring launch, is cutting the fat for advertisers, says President Ken Solomon. Fine Living won't run credits at the end of shows, to give marketers a less cluttered environment for their pitches. No word if key grips have gripes.
contributing: wayne friedman