CNN Snags Ted Koppel’s Producer for ‘State of the Union’

Network picks up Tom Bettag to produce Sunday slate

Last Updated: February 16, 2010 @ 5:53 AM

CNN — a network whose recent alliance with Vice caused a spittake on the Web — has hired a veteran TV news guy for its newest anchor.

Tom Bettag, Ted Koppel’s longtime producer, is joining CNN to oversee Candy Crowley’s "State of the Union," which Crowley took over a month ago.

Bettag’s official title will be senior executive producer of both "State of the Union" and "Reliable Sources." He "will oversee the Sunday public affairs programming lineup, effective immediately," the cable network said.

According to Politico, Bettag and Koppel had until recently been in talks with ABC about "This Week," the Sunday show left with an empty chair when George Stephanopoulos moved to "Good Morning America."

Bettag’s resume includes stints as executive producer of the "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather," ABC’s "Nightline With Ted Koppel" and "Koppel on Discovery."

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