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CNN, HLN televising dueling Zimmerman trial shows

July 1, 2013 • Entertainment


FILE – In this Dec. 2, 2012 file photo, Anderson Cooper arrives at CNN Heroes at The Shrine Auditorium, in Los Angeles. Cooper hosts a CNN special, “Self-Defense Or Murder?” regarding the trial of George Zimmerman Trial that began June 24, 2013. Both of the CNN sister networks, CNN and HLN, did well the first few nights they competed against each other to recap events in the Florida trial where neighborhood watch volunteer Zimmerman is accused of murder in the shooting death of slain teenager Trayvon Martin. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — HLN network chief executive Scot Safon resisted any impulse to call his boss, Jeff Zucker, to say “What are you doing to me?” when he learned that CNN scheduled a nightly hour on the George Zimmerman murder trial for the same time HLN was airing one.

So far, the call hasn’t been necessary.

The CNN sister networks did well the first few nights they competed against each other to recap events in the Florida trial in which neighborhood watch volunteer Zimmerman is accused of murder in the shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman says he acted in self-defense.

Focus on the Zimmerman trial fit naturally in the 10 p.m. Eastern timeslot that HLN (formerly CNN Headline News) is using for “HLN After Dark,” a show that started this spring to cover the Jodi Arias murder trial. It was such a success that it attracted the Login to read more

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