Jeff Zucker Denies Yahoo Is Buying CNN

During a CNN town hall, network’s president also disagrees with Christiane Amanpour over Charlie Hebdo coverage

At an internal CNN town hall event in New York Thursday, CNN President Jeff Zucker shot down reports that Yahoo was buying the network, an insider familiar with the event told TheWrap.

At the town hall, which was shown in CNN bureaus worldwide, Zucker was asked questions by employees on everything from Charlie Hebdo coverage to the Yahoo takeover rumor.

CNN declined TheWrap‘s request for comment.

An insider told TheWrap that Zucker was unequivocal in denying the digital giant would buy CNN. In 2014, reports surfaced that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer had interest in purchasing a cable news network — and CNN was on her list.

Another interesting exchange took place at the town hall between Zucker and CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour over the network’s decision not to air any Charlie Hebdo cartoons.

Amanpour questioned Zucker’s decision not to air any Charlie Hebdo cartoons, an insider familiar with the situation told TheWrap. “Zucker did acknowledge that the two disagreed,” the insider added.

CNN has not shown any Charlie Hebdo covers on-air since the attack occurred in Paris last week. MSNBC on Wednesday implemented a similar policy, not showing the new cover that features a animated depiction of the Prophet Muhammad. Fox News did show the cover on air.