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Christi Paul Exiting As CNN’s ‘New Day Weekend’ Anchor

Rebecca Kutler, Programming Chief For Shuttered Streamer CNN+, To Exit CNN

Rebecca Kutler, Key CNN Talent Executive, Will Leave

Rebecca Kutler, a longtime CNN talent and development executive who had had a hand in the success of anchors and contributors including Abby Phillip and Van Jones, is leaving the news outlet, a move that is said to be raising eyebrows among some of the Warner Bros. Discovery outlet’s team of journalists.

CNN Readies For Town Hall At Turbulent Time

CNN is holding a town-hall meeting on Thursday amid a turbulent two months at the cable news network, which is promising a new direction one month into the tenure of its new President Chris Licht. Licht and the leadership at CNN’s new corporate owner, Warner Bros. Discovery, have signaled they’d like to make a shift in the company’s direction from former chief Jeff Zucker, who left his post amid controversy.

Arwa Damon Leaves CNN

2 CNN Digital Executives Leaving Later This Month

CNN Digital interim chief Alex MacCallum and CNN Digital chief technology officer Robyn Peterson are both leaving the company, CNN chairman and CEO Chris Licht announced Wednesday via internal memo. Peterson’s last day will be June 15 and MacCallum’s last day will be June 30.

CNN’s Chris Licht To Evaluate ‘Partisan’ Talent

CNN’s new boss, Chris Licht, is evaluating whether personalities and programming that grew polarizing during the Trump era can adapt to the network’s new priority to be less partisan. If talent cannot adjust to a less partisan tone and strategy, they could be ousted, three sources familiar with the matter say. Licht wants to give personalities that may appear polarizing a chance to prove they’re willing to uphold the network’s values so that they don’t tarnish CNN’s journalism brand.

CNN Enters The Post-Zucker Era. Bye-Bye ‘Breaking News’ Banners

Chris Licht, the new CNN chairman, is encouraging a more nuanced approach to coverage. Some at the network are skeptical.

CNN Cutting Back On Hyping Everything As ‘Breaking News’

CNN’s new boss Chris Licht says that beginning today, CNN has added a “Breaking News” guideline to its stylebook, to address overuse of the breaking news banner across its network and cable news writ-large.

CNN Begins Laying Off CNN+ Staffers Following Shutdown

A little more than a month after Warner Bros. Discovery announced it was pulling the plug on CNN+, CNN began laying off affected staffers Tuesday, according to multiple sources.

Tapper Tested Positive At CNN D.C. And Taped Show Anyway

The Washingtonians We’ll Watch In Fall 2022

Primaries are now well underway, and the 2022 midterm elections are a focus for news organizations already preparing for what’s certain to be a contentious 2024 presidential campaign. With that in mind, The Hollywood Reporter highlights some of the Beltway-based news personalities and executives poised to play a leading role in the months (and years) ahead.

Longtime Digital Exec Meredith Artley Out At CNN

Meredith Artley, the longtime SVP and editor-in-chief of CNN Digital Worldwide, is out at the network, according to a memo obtained by Axios. The news was first noted on a staff call with head of CNN Worldwide Chris Licht. (Image: CNN)

New CNN Head Chris Licht Explains Plans For Network

Without mentioning CNN+, new CNN CEO Chris Licht on Wednesday set out the company’s plans for the rudderless news network. Those plans involve a morning show, a Sunday-night showcase and avoiding the kinds of advocacy journalism that has infected cable news. (Photo: Getty Images for Warner Bros. Discovery)

Chris Wallace Will Lead New Show In CNN Sunday Block

Chris Wallace left a Sunday show on Fox News Channel to jump into the world of streaming at CNN. But now he’s going back to a weekend format for which he is best known. Wallace will take the reins of a new Sunday program on CNN, the network announced Wednesday during an upfront presentation for its parent company, Warner Bros. Discovery.

Inside The Collapse Of CNN+, The News Channel’s ‘Apollo Mission’

Hundreds of staffers were drawn to the streaming venture, positioned as network’s future; the $5.99-a-month service lasted one month.

From Twitter To TV, Are We In A Media Reckoning?

Hollywood went all in on streaming, but Netflix’s plummeting stock, CNN’s shutdown of its CNN+ streaming service, and a forthcoming sale of Vice has chief executives and the stock market questioning whether that was the wrong bet. In this conversation, Kara Swisher breaks down this year’s media shake-ups with Matt Belloni, founding partner at Puck News, and Ben Smith, the former New York Times media reporter who is a founder of a media start-up called Semafor.

Ed Henry’s Defamation Suit Against CNN And NPR Dismissed

COMMENTARY BY JOE FERULLO

Does America Really Want Real News On Cable?

CNN has a problem. It wants to do real news on cable television. Here’s the challenge facing the nearly 42-year-old network: Real news is for the curious. At its best, television news is delivered by people and for people who don’t believe they already know everything. But cable news today is dominated by opinionated anchors, reporters and viewers who are the opposite of curious.

CNN’s New Chairman Says He Wants To ‘Try Some Things’ In Chris Cuomo’s Old Slot

Chris Licht, the new head of CNN global, told employees in a town hall on Thursday that he planned to experiment at the crucial prime-time hour this summer.

Don Lemon Assault Case Dropped By Accuser

CNN+ Goes Poof Today, but Some Subscribers Will Have To Wait For Refunds

CNN+ announced Thursday that everyone who signed up for the premium streaming offshoot of CNN — which was shuttered after less than a month by its new corporate parent — will get their money back by May 28. The announcement comes the same day CNN+ is turning out the lights for good.

CNN’s Clarissa Ward Takes Cover With Ukrainian Paramedics During Russian Attack: ‘They’re Shelling The Sh*t Out Of Us’

COMMENTARY BY PERRY BACON JR.

It Appears CNN And The New York Times Forgot A Lesson Of The Trump Years

Perry Bacon Jr.: “Two of America’s most important news outlets, CNN and the New York Times, are signaling that they will continue and even increase some of the both sides-ism, false equivalence and centrist bias that has long impaired coverage of U.S. politics and therefore our democracy itself. I hope they reconsider.”

CNN+ Shutdown Leaves Axed Staffers ‘Aghast And Furious’

The shocking announcement that CNN+ would be shutting down operations less than a month after it launched has left out-of-work staffers “aghast and furious” over the company’s handling of what sources inside the network call “an absolute debacle.” CNN+ — which one insider estimated spent $300 million launching and between $100 million and $200 million advertising — will cease streaming for good at the end of the month.

THE PRICE POINT

Why CNN+ Failed

The nascent streamer’s abrupt end has roots in the larger failure of CNN’s brand promise, which was squandered by a belated leftward turn at the cable network.

CNN+ Staffers ‘Will Continue To Be Paid And Receive Benefits For Next 90 Days’

CNN+ Shutting Down A Month After Launch

In a Thursday memo, incoming CNN chief executive Chris Licht said the service would shut down at the end of April. CNN+ launched when its parent was still part of AT&T. It combined with Discovery earlier this month in a new company, Warner Bros. Discovery, under Discovery CEO David Zaslav, who had his own vision for CNN and its Warner siblings.

NEWS ANALYSIS

CNN+ May Be Warning Sign For Streamed News

CNN’s new streaming service CNN+ is off to a slower start than executives at the network had hoped, raising new questions about the future of the paid, subscription-based vertical — and more broadly how much consumers are willing to invest in streamed news.  The launch of CNN+ is just the latest push by a major cable provider into streaming, as industry insiders and network leaders prepare themselves for a future increasingly characterized by cable cord-cutting.

CNN+ Facing Steep Cost Cuts As New Management Takes Helm

CNN’s new streaming service CNN+ is under review by incoming corporate parent Warner Bros. Discovery as it looks to cut costs and reorganize the company, sources say. Warner Bros. Discovery, which formed last week out of the merger between Discovery and WarnerMedia, is in the process of shoring up at least $3 billion in cost savings in 2023, and it’s focusing on CNN+.

CNN Anchor John Berman Hospitalized While Running Boston Marathon

CNN+ Looks Doomed

Warner Bros. Discovery has suspended all external marketing spend for CNN+ and has laid off CNN’s longtime chief financial officer as it weighs what to do with the subscription streaming service moving forward, five sources tell Axios.

Megyn Kelly Says Jeff Zucker Made Her A ‘Huge Offer’ To Come To CNN

Chris Licht: Monday, May 2, Will Be His First Day As CNN Chairman-CEO

Chris Licht announced on Twitter today that his first day as chairman and CEO of CNN will be Monday, May 2, which is two weeks from today. Licht added that May 2 will also be his last day on Twitter, saying the platform, “can be a great journalistic tool, but it can also skew what’s really important in the world.” He joined Twitter in February 2009.

CNN Senior U.N. Correspondent Richard Roth Receives Kidney From CNN’s Samira Jafari

The Murdochs, From Page To Screen

Greed. Betrayal. Family backstabbing. The rise of the Murdochs, the world’s most powerful media family, which was chronicled in a three-part, 20,000-word investigation published in The New York Times Magazine in 2019, had all the right ingredients for a gripping documentary series. Some might say it had Succession-level drama. The drama was brought indeed in The Murdochs: Empire of Influence, a new documentary series that premiered on CNN+ last month and will be broadcast on CNN later this year.

CNN Sets Premiere Date for Russian Dissident Doc ‘Navalny’

Court Rejects Rep. Nunes’ Lawsuit Against CNN

In a 2-to-1 ruling, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan upheld a lower-court judge’s decision last year to toss out the lawsuit.

COMMENTARY BY ERIK WEMPLE

CNN’s Brian Stelter Blindsided By Co-Author Of Fox News Study

Big Cuts Coming For CNN+ After Slow Start

Investment and projections for CNN+ are expected to be cut dramatically in response to a low adoption rate, two sources tell Axios. The news giant was initially planning to invest around $1 billion in the service over the next four years. Hundreds of millions of dollars are expected to be cut from that original investment total. To date, around $300 million has been spent on the subscription service, which includes a sizable marketing investment. The new company’s leadership team still has yet to decide the ultimate fate of CNN+