The Lead with Jake Tapper

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The Lead with Jake Tapper
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Directed by Reza J. Baktar
Presented by Jake Tapper
Country of origin United States
Executive producer(s) Federico S. Quadrani
Production location(s) CNN Studios Washington, D.C.
Running time 60 minutes
Original network CNN
Picture format 480i (16:9 letterbox SDTV),
1080i (HDTV)
Original release March 18, 2013 (2013-03-18) – present
Related shows State of the Union
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The Lead with Jake Tapper is an afternoon, early evening newscast on CNN hosted by Jake Tapper that first aired on March 18, 2013.

The show currently airs weekdays live from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm ET from CNN's studios in Washington D.C.

The show contains a "lead" for different subjects. They are the National, Political, Money, Buried, Sports, World, Pop, Tech, and Health leads.


In 2013, the show was given a week primetime run at 10 pm ET. That week, terrorists bombed the Boston marathon causing Tapper's primetime run to be cancelled in favor of a live edition of Anderson Cooper 360°.

Following Piers Morgan's departure from CNN in March 2014, CNN President Jeff Zucker had various anchors fill the 9 pm ET slot as a test run. Among them was The Lead airing at 9 pm ET for the weeks of April 7 and April 14.

The Lead with Jake Tapper was also broadcast via tape-delay on CNN Philippines every Tuesday-Saturday for one hour at 11:00 am, local time from February 15 to July 23, 2016. From March 16 until September 5, 2015, the show aired at 4:00 pm. The Lead moved its morning telecast to 9:00 am but was truncated to 30 minutes until late January 2016 when it was moved to 8:30 for at least a month.

Before August 2016, The Lead with Jake Tapper was axed on CNN Philippines as part of program restructuring.

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