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    CNN's Jake Tapper has been accused of 'kowtowing to the new bosses' and deliberately steering his program to the right, in a bid to win over CEO Chris Licht. Tapper, the network's lead Washington anchor, was rewarded on Thursday by being named as the replacement for Chris Cuomo at the coveted 9pm primetime slot. Tapper's new job begins on October 10, and will run for a month - but insiders believe he will likely become the permanent host. Viewers and insiders noted that the 53-year-old had become decidedly more right wing, which they said was designed to appeal to Licht - who has said he wants to make the network less left-leaning and opinionated. 'Tapper is trying to survive,' said a media source, speaking to The New York Post. 'He's kowtowing to his bosses.' Another added: 'He's very ambitious,' describing him as 'very hard-working' with a 'healthy ego.' Jake Tapper, CNN's lead Washington anchor, will take over the 9pm slot from Chris Cuomo, who was forced from the network in December Since taking the helm, Chris Licht (pictured), who headed...
    Journalist Keith Olbermann on Thursday ridiculed CNN's decision to relaunch their morning show with Don Lemon, calling it a 'sh**storm' and accusing new CNN boss Chris Licht of being stupid. Olbermann responded with deep cynicism to CNN's announcement of the new show. Lemon will move from his 10pm show to the new 6-9am slot, and will be accompanied by Poppy Harlow, current host of the midmorning show, and White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins. Olbermann, a podcaster who from 2003-11 worked for MSNBC, said the new show was a silly idea from Licht - who was at MSNBC from 2005-11. He described his former colleague as an idiot, saying he 'used to eat paste'. Keith Olbermann is pictured at MSNBC in 2010, the year before he left the network. He said on Thursday that he was unimpressed by the latest move from CNN's new boss Chris Licht Don Lemon and Kaitlan Collins will co-host the new morning show, it was announced on Thursday Poppy Harlow will be the third member of the team for the new morning show Olbermann tweeted:...
    CNN announced a new morning show featuring Trump-hating anchor Don Lemon alongside two others despite the new CEO pledging to restore trust in the media.  Poppy Harlow and Kaitlan Collins will be featured with Lemon in the revamped morning show with a brand new name and set. The show will debut in October. Don Lemon is set to appear CNN's new morning show. Lemon is notoriously known for slamming Trump and the GOP The trio's production is set to replace the 'New Day' show hosted by John Berman and Brianna Keilar that runs from 6 to 9am.   'There is no stronger combination of talent than Don, Poppy, and Kaitlan to deliver on our promise of a game-changing morning news program,' CEO Chris Licht wrote in a statement.  'They are uniquely intelligent, reliable and compelling; together they have a rare and palpable chemistry. Combined with CNN's resources and global newsgathering capabilities, we will offer a smart, bold and refreshing way to start the day.'  The call is one of Licht's most prominent decisions as he seeks to rid of and steer...
    As CNN undergoes an anti-woke makeover, some speculate the news network might be 'pulling to the political right' and becoming more critical of Joe Biden as staffers try to save their jobs.  News anchor Brianna Keilar slammed the White House after they used US Marines and a red backdrop for Biden's speech against former President Donald Trump and the GOP on September 1.  'Whatever you think of this speech the military is supposed to be apolitical,' Keiler wrote on Twitter. 'Positioning Marines in uniform behind President Biden for a political speech flies in the face of that. It's wrong when Democrats do it. It's wrong when Republicans do it.'  Keiler has previously criticized Trump, and her comments about Biden apparently 'angered' White House staff, according to The Hill.  Some speculate Keiler's comment about Biden is in response to CNN recently letting go of White House correspondent John Harwood, who was an outspoken critic of Trump and called him 'mentally unwell.'  The news network has been focused on purging itself of the reputation of being a woke media source since Chris Licht,...
    CNN has continued its anti-woke makeover with two new high-profile signings after purging a ruck of woke presenters. New chief Chris Licht has brought in ex-NYPD deputy commissioner John Miller and cardiologist Dr Tara Narula to try to bolster the ailing network. The former will take over as chief law enforcement and intelligence analyst while the later will be the new medical correspondent. It comes after Licht fired a ruck of woke workers including media 'hall monitor' Brian Stelter, legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin and political correspondent John Harwood. John Miller, a former deputy commissioner of intelligence and counter terrorism with the NPYD was made the network's chief law enforcement and intelligence analyst. His first day at the network was on Tuesday   John Miller (pictured left) with Osama bin Laden (pictured right) during a May 1998 interview he conducted with former terrorist leader when he worked as a correspondent for ABC News  Chris Licht took over the helm in May after a shakeup with former CNN head, Jeff Zucker, who resigned in February, after an alleged office romance. One of Licht's goal...
    Photo Courtesy: CNN New CNN boss Chris Licht announced his first notable hires on Monday — including a longtime New York Police Department official as chief law enforcement analyst. John Miller, who previously was NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence & Counterterrorism and was a correspondent for CBS News and ABC News, will be CNN’s chief law enforcement and intelligence analyst. Miller began at CNN’s New York bureau on Monday. “John will help deliver on CNN’s commitment to tackle complex issues while presenting audiences with independent, objective news and meaningful analysis across platforms,” said Licht in a statement. “As both a brilliant journalist and experienced, compelling subject matter expert, he brings to the network an incredible breadth of knowledge.” Miller’s resume includes having interviewed Osama bin Laden on camera for ABC News in 1998. He covered 9/11, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, and the Boston Marathon bombing. “I’ve worked closely with Chris Licht and share his editorial vision: speed, but not at the expense of accuracy, passion but not at the expense of objectivity,” said Miller. “I am especially proud...
    CNN staffers said they fear a network-wide purge of top talent after Brian Stelter and White House correspondent John Hardwood were unceremoniously fired.  After Hardwood announced his surprise departure on Friday, just hours after reporting from the White House, current and former CNN employees told the The Washington Post that there appears to be a culling of the woke at the media outlet. Both Hardwood and Stelter, the host of Reliable Sources who was fired last month, saw their contracts terminated prematurely.   It's seen as evidence that new boss Chris Licht is looking to cast out those who have been critical of Donald Trump and his allies in order to present a more neutral CNN and win back its 'most trusted name in news' title.  One CNN journalist told the Post: 'People are freaked out. It almost feels like there's a pattern. Is there a purge going on?  'They seem to be sending a message: "Watch what you say. Watch what you do.'"  CNN staffers are afraid of a network-wide purge of woke talent following the sudden firings of WH...
    Veteran White House reporter John Harwood was the latest victim of CNN's overhaul under new boss Chris Licht, announcing on Twitter that it was his last day with the network.  Harwood, 65, has a long and storied career that includes stints at the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and CNBC.  He tweeted at noon on Friday that he had 'personal news' to share, and said 'today's my last day at CNN.'  The reporter, who has been with CNN since 2021, said he's 'proud of the work' and thanked his colleagues. 'I've been lucky to serve the best in American media - St. Petersburg Times, WSJ, NYT, the NBC family, CNN,' he tweeted. Harwood finished the message saying he's going to 'look forward to figuring out what's next.'  Licht, who has only been at CNN for a few months, is reportedly under orders from executives to clean house at the network and shift away from opinion-based programming and move towards hard news.  John Harwood, CNN's veteran White House correspondent, left the network on Friday, he announced in a tweet...
    Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty The final episode of CNN’s Reliable Sources aired on Sunday, ending a 30-year run as a network fixture. The show was canceled last week, along with its host Brian Stelter, who became for many the face of the cable news network in the last year of the Jeff Zucker era. But outside our cabal of media-obsessed nerds (like myself!) Stelter’s departure made few ripples in the pond of public attention, which suggests the decision by new CNN boss Chris Licht to cancel the show— and fire its host — was a savvy one. It’s also the clearest sign to date of what a Licht’s CNN aims to look like. Licht took charge of the network in mid-spring, first embarking on something of a listening tour of top executives and talent at the network. When he announced his executive team, almost entirely comprised of former Zucker deputies, there were some insider whispers that his management of the cable news giant would be more custodial than visionary. (That criticism overlooks the fact that several top executives have left in recent months, most notably...
    CNN journalists Don Lemon and Jim Acosta are expected to stay at the network - for now - despite the recent decision to move away from opinion broadcasting and return to its 'more centrist' reporting roots.  The decision to spare Lemon and Acosta was revealed to TheWrap by an individual with knowledge of the plan just hours before fired CNN's Brian Stelter aired his final 'Reliable Sources' show on Sunday.  The source said there has been no plan set by CNN's new CEO and chairman, Chris Licht, beyond the firing of Stelter and the exit of legal analyst Jeff Toobin last week.  'No decisions are being made' yet, a CNN insider said, adding only that Licht is 'weeks away' from announcing major programming changes. Stelter, the chief media correspondent and host of Reliable Sources for the last nine years, is the second casualty of the network after Licht took over earlier this year. Jeffrey Toobin, CNN's legal analyst, announced last week that he would not be returning to the network after his vacation. Some were speculating online that other anchors could...
    CNN CEO Chris Licht warned his staff of future 'significant' changes they 'might not understand' following the firing of Brian Stelter. Former chief media correspondent Stelter's removal from CNN alongside his show 'Reliable Sources' was a result of Licht's vow to clean up the network and move away from opinion broadcasting. 'I want to acknowledge that this is a time of significant change, and I know that many of you are unsettled,' Licht told his staff, according to a report by The Hollywood Reporter. 'There will be more changes, and you might not understand it or like it.' Some staff members expressed their concerns for Stelter's departure from the company as an indicator for the removal of other anchors. 'I think people are legitimately sad that Brian is leaving,' someone familiar to the situation told Hollywood Reporter.  'He was a big presence at the network, but (we) understand that Chris has to put his stamp on the network.'  'There will be more changes, and you might not understand it or like it,' CNN head Chris Licht (pictured) told staffers following...
    CNN has cancelled Brian Stelter's Sunday show after new boss Chris Licht vowed to clean up the network, according to Yashar Ali. Chief media correspondent and Reliable Sources Host is the first casualty of the network after Licht took over in early 2022. Stelter confirmed in a statement to NPR that he would be stepping down from the show, which he has hosted for the past nine years and celebrated its 30th anniversary in March He said he was grateful for the show and his team's examination of 'the media, truth and the stories that shape our world.' Stelter added: 'It was a rare privilege to lead a weekly show focused on the press at a time when it has never been more consequential',  promising to say more on the final episode of the show on Sunday. CNN's new boss Chris Licht is currently working to revive the scandal-hit network after several high profile incidents, and informed Stelter of the news yesterday.  Stelter was reportedly summoned to Licht’s office on Wednesday, and left looking ‘ashen and refused to talk about the...
    CNN’s Don Lemon rejected the “narrative” that the network’s new president, Chris Licht, is trying to pull the outlet toward a new editorial direction. Lemon spoke about the sociopolitical climate and the state of journalism on Friday in a conversation with Charlamagne The God for Comedy Central’s Hell Of A Week. At one point in the discussion, Charlamagne brought up Licht’s interest in taking CNN from “opinion-based partisan news to a political center.” This prompted Charlamagne to ask “Will you still be able to call it like it is?” “Let me just say I don’t think that’s exactly what Chris is saying,” Lemon answered. “I think that’s a narrative that’s been placed in the media. I think what Chris wants to do is to be able to have Republicans and Democrats and whatever your political stance is on CNN so that you can be accountable and that you can answer for it.” Ever since Licht took over as chief of CNN, he has expressed the view that the network needs to focus more on truth-telling and straight news, rather...
    CNN's new boss Chris Licht is attempting to pull off a major coup for the struggling network by luring away two of its rival's biggest stars.  Licht is attempting to bring Morning Joe hosts, husband and wife Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski to head-up CNN's new 're-imagined' morning line-up, according to Radar Online.  It was Licht who created Morning Joe, alongside Scarborough and writer John Ridley, in 2007.  A source told Radar: 'It is unlikely MSNBC will let them out of their contract, but Chris is a patient man.'  According to the Radar report, when Licht left MSNBC for CBS in 2011, he was keen to bring Scarborough and Brzenzinski over with him. The two were reportedly on board with the plan but couldn't get out of their contracts at that point either.  Brzenzinski was brought to the liberal network by Scarborough after being let go by CBS in 2007. Licht was appointed as the new boss of CNN in February 2022 when longtime president Jeff Zucker resigned after he failed to disclose an affair he had with a staffer.  ...
    CNN's ratings continue to slip in primetime to their lowest numbers in seven years, despite a public about face on sensationalism and opinion shows under new boss Chris Licht. The network, promised by Licht to 'go a different way' during a time 'where extremes are dominating cable news' appear to still be in the tank even during a month that saw the blockbuster January 6 hearings. Despite the hearings, which drew tens of millions of viewers across multiple networks, CNN actually had fewer viewers in June than it did in May, which continued a months-long downward slope for the network since the invasion of Ukraine lifted them in March.  While the three major cable news outlets - CNN, Fox News and MSNBC - have all seem some declines since former President Trump left office, the numbers for CNN continue to disintegrate at an alarming rate. CNN, which moved under Warner Discovery leadership in April - drew an average of just 654,000 viewers in primetime in June and 487,000 for the entire newsday, down one and three percent respectively. CNN's ratings...
    Chris Licht, the new president of CNN, is continuing his turn away from the network's prior lean toward liberals in an attempt to remake the network in the wake of its collapse under his predecessor Jeff Zucker. Licht, 50, has reportedly told his staff to no longer use the phrase 'the big lie' to refer to ex-President Donald Trump's phony claims about fraudulence in the 2020 election results.   The wording is a popular one for the network. According to Mediaite, the phrase has been said 168 times in the first half of June alone.  Hosts like Reliable Sources' Brian Stelter are often fond of the phrase to the point where they use it prominently in graphic packages and chyrons.   Licht was asked to opine on the term during a conference call Tuesday with the network's management and the producers of various shows.   Chris Licht, the new president of CNN, is continuing his turn away from the network's prior lean toward liberals in an attempt to remake the network in the wake of its collapse under his predecessor Jeff Zucker Licht,...
    Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images New CNN president Chris Licht discouraged staff from using “the big lie” to refer to former President Donald Trump’s false claims about the 2020 election, Mediaite has learned. On a Tuesday call with producers, Licht was asked for his thoughts on “the big lie,” and said he preferred that staff avoid the term. He made clear this was a preference, not a mandate, but staffers have taken it as a clear directive from the new boss. He encouraged producers to instead use the terms “Trump election lie” or “election lies” in banners and graphics. According to a source, Licht argued that using “the big lie” makes the mistake of adopting branding used by the Democratic Party, thereby weakening the objectivity of the network. The term, which was first coined by Adolf Hitler and later used to describe Nazi propaganda efforts, was recently adopted by critics of Trump in response to his relentless promotion of the false claim he won the 2020 election. The term has become ubiquitous on CNN. “Big lie” has been mentioned on the network...
    CNN's new boss is cracking down on biased news reporting and has threatened to oust some of the network's top-paid talent, if they continue to push a liberal agenda. Network CEO Chris Licht, as part of his efforts to revamp the outlet, has been evaluating news personalities and programs that became polarizing during Donald Trump's presidency. Those who fail to get on board with the network's new priority to become 'less partisan' could be terminated, CNN insiders told Axios.  Licht isn't reportedly looking to get rid of primetime personality programming, but he does want CNN's news staff to present information in a way that upholds the network's apparent values of unbiased reporting.  Analysts allege this could prove problematic for network correspondents Jim Acosta and Brian Stelter, among others, who have 'become the face of the network's liberal shift.' The potential firings are just the latest of Licht's moves to clean up the network. Earlier this month he issued orders to tone down the use of 'Breaking News' graphics and announced he plans to craft a new organizational structure at CNN. CNN's...
    Photo Courtesy: CNN CNN’s new president, Chris Licht, is reportedly evaluating the network’s cast of partisan personalities to decide who will fit with his plans to take the network in a new editorial direction. In the weeks since Licht took the helm at CNN, he has emphasized that his priority is to have the network focus on straight newscasting and truth-telling, rather than the polarizing commentary and alarmism that dominated cable news in the last few years. A new report from Axios says Licht’s plan includes deciding on which CNN personalities would be most suitable for this angle, and which people might be let go from the network. From the article: If talent cannot adjust to a less partisan tone and strategy, they could be ousted, three sources familiar with the matter tell Axios. 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. For on-air talent, that includes engaging in respectful interviews that don’t feel like PR stunts. For producers and...
    CNN's new head honcho has issued orders for the network to tone down the use of 'Breaking News' graphics, warning they have lost their impact from overuse. Chris Licht, who officially took over at CNN on May 2, said in a recent memo that he agrees with criticism that he agrees with criticism from 'people both inside and outside the organization' that the banners are overused, Axios reported. 'It has become such a fixture on every channel and network that its impact has become lost on the audience,' he wrote. 'We are truth-tellers, focused on informing, not alarming our viewers.' Licht said that CNN bureau chief Sam Feist had led a review to determine best practices for use of the Breaking News label, and added new rules to the network's stylebook, or internal editorial guidelines. Chris Licht, who officially took over at CNN on May 2, said in a recent memo that he agrees with criticism that he agrees with criticism the network overuses 'Breaking News' graphics 'It has become such a fixture on every channel and network that its impact has become...
    CNN president Chris Licht delivers remarks at the Warner Bros. Discovery upfront CNN will follow a different path than the “extremes” that have dominated the cable news industry, new president Chris Licht pledged at the Warner Bros. Discovery upfront on Wednesday. Licht spoke at the presentation alongside Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, extolling the journalism produced by the network — particularly in Ukraine — and outlining their visions for CNN and its role within the newly-merged media conglomerate. Zaslav explained that CNN will be organized “to advocate for journalism first” and provide for audiences “seeking more accurate information and less yelling and conflict.” Licht offered similar aspirations as he outlined his intent for CNN to double-down on what you might call sane news. “Now, the next chapter of CNN is one where we aspire to be a beacon for the kind of journalism essential to a functioning democracy,” Licht said. “In a time where extremes are dominating cable news, we will seek to go a different way — reflecting the real lives of our viewers and elevating the way...
    Former Fox News host Chris Wallace has landed a CNN primetime hosting gig a few weeks after his interview show on the doomed CNN+ app was canned.  Wallace left Fox News in December after 18 years at the network to join the streaming service CNN+, which was axed after just 22 days because of poor subscriber numbers. But Wallace, 74, is getting a second chance at the network this coming fall where he will host a primetime show on Sunday nights, CNN CEO Chris Licht announced at Warner Bros. Discovery upfronts on Wednesday.  Chris Wallace (pictured) is getting a second chance at CNN this coming fall where he will host a primetime show on Sunday nights CNN CEO Chris Licht (pictured) announced Wallace's show will be part of a new 'CNN Sunday' programming block and will also be available to stream on HBO Max "We're very focused on @CNN. We think CNN is a very critical asset for us," says @wbd CEO David Zaslav. "On CNN+, there was no message. It was a business decision. The subscribers weren't there." pic.twitter.com/EfhO9o962E— Squawk Box...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Wallace will host a Sunday night interview show for CNN starting this fall, the network said Wednesday in announcing a new home for the best-known personality from the since-imploded CNN+ streaming service. “Look Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace,” which will also air on HBO Max, was the program he was doing for CNN+ before new corporate owners Warner Bros. Discovery shut the service down after only a month. Wallace, formerly of Fox News Channel, has made some appearances on the television network, including on primary coverage Tuesday night. Actor Eva Longoria, who had also signed up for the streaming service, will do a series for CNN where she travels in Mexico to sample the cuisine and culture. “Eva Longoria: Searching for Mexico” is by the same production team that makes “Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy” for the network. Chris Licht, the new CNN Worldwide chairman, also told advertisers at a Manhattan presentation that CNN was “reimagining” its weekday morning show with the intent of being a “disruptor” in the space. He gave no details....
    Chris Licht, the new president of CNN, is settling into one of the most challenging jobs in news, and questions abound regarding how he will guide the network out of the extreme turmoil it has faced over the last year. A major step in his plan to bring CNN back to the center? Convincing Republican officials back on its airwaves. Puck’s Dylan Byers has done a good job of gleaning Licht’s initial vision for CNN, which mostly involves a desire to restore the network’s reputation as a high-minded place for proper journalism. That’s a shift away from the partisan chest-thumping that became pervasive on the network in the last few years of Jeff Zucker’s leadership. After neatly summarizing the current state of play in cable news — in which MSNBC viewers are led to believe that Marjorie Taylor Greene’s rhetoric represents all Republicans, and Fox News viewers see Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as the Democratic standard-bearer — Byers explains what he sees as Licht’s vision: According to the people that I talk to in and around CNN, Licht sees this opportunity....
    Chris Wallace will get a second chance for his interview show after CNN+ was pulled off the air, with the series reportedly moving to HBO Max. Wallace's show Who's Talking To Chris Wallace will move to the HBO streaming service, where new owners Warner Bros. Discovery are focusing their cord-cutting investments, according to Puck.  Last month, the fledgling CNN+ service was pulled off the air just three weeks after launch, and after $300 million had been invested in its launch.  Wallace, who reportedly makes $9 million per year, had defected from Fox News specifically to join the doomed streaming news service, and his fate at the newly formed Warner Bros. Discovery had been up in the air. Chris Wallace will get a second chance for his interview show after CNN+ was pulled off the air, with the series reportedly moving to HBO Max Last month, the fledgling CNN+ service was pulled off the air just three weeks after launch, and after $300 million had been invested in its launch  Meanwhile, the fate of other talent recruited for CNN+ remains up in...
    Credit: CNN Chris Wallace’s now-defunct CNN+ interview show, Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace, will head over to HBO Max, according to a Thursday report from Puck’s Dylan Byers. The fate of CNN+ talent has been a topic of much speculation in the media world after the shock announcement that CNN+ would fold after a whopping $300 million-plus investment and less than a month of streaming. Much of the reporting and opining regarding CNN’s future has focused on Chris Licht, who officially replaced Jeff Zucker as the head of the network on Monday. While Licht said in a memo his first day on the job was “anti-climatic,” he takes over the network at a critical moment, both for CNN and the cable news as ratings are down and the media landscape continues to shift more and more online. CNN+, which was shut down as a cost-saving move related to the merger that created Warner Bros. Discovery, was originally heralded as the vehicle which would help modernize CNN and allow the network to reach a larger online audience. Wallace emerged from the...
    CNN+ has announced it will shut down at the end of the month, just weeks after launching, in a shock move that has rattled the media industry. The futures of the network's stars such as anchor Chris Wallace and food writer Alison Roman remain unclear, as the company's bosses deal with the fallout of the streaming service that had been hyped up for months. 4CNN+ will shut down at the end of April, just weeks after launchingCredit: AP 4The project had enlisted TV news legend Chris WallaceCredit: CNN+ 4Food writer Alison Roman was also among the talent enlisted for CNN+Credit: Getty The decision was announced on Thursday, after the network spent hundreds of millions on the project that had enlisted various media heavyweights' including Wallace, Kasie Hunt and food writer Roman. According to various reports, the CNN+ launch was a point of contention between old and new leadership. As reported by Variety, David Zaslav, the new CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, was "annoyed" by the former CEO of WarnerMedia Jason Kilar's decision to launch the service weeks before the merger...
    As news broke on Thursday that Warner Bros. Discovery is shutting down CNN+ just one month after its launch, pundits and commentators were quick to jump on the smoldering rubble and pick apart the decisions that led to the undeniable debacle. While there is certainly plenty of blame to go around for the $300 million fiasco, at least one media personality has made it out both unscathed and with an all but certain future at CNN: Chris Wallace. Wallace, the veteran D.C. reporter and longtime host of Fox News Sunday, made the move to CNN+ after a highly publicized exit from Fox News. Ahead of Wallace’s debut on CNN+, he spoke at length in the media about why he left Fox News, saying his time their had become “unsustainable.” “I just no longer felt comfortable with the programming at Fox,” Wallace told the New York Times in late March. “I’m fine with opinion: conservative opinion, liberal opinion,” Wallace added. “But when people start to question the truth — Who won the 2020 election? Was Jan. 6 an insurrection? —...
    Mediaite has obtained a copy of the company memo incoming CNN President Chris Licht sent to the network’s employees informing them of CNN+’s imminent shut down. CNN confirmed news reports on Thursday that CNN+, the network’s new streaming service, will be ceasing all operations after its troubled launch. David Zaslav, the new CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, suggested that he wants to house all of the company’s brands under one streaming service. CNN+’s shut down marks the end of the former CNN president Jeff Zucker’s spearheaded project after only three weeks. A CNN insider provided Licht’s staff email to Mediaite, wherein he announced that Andrew Morse, CNN’s executive vice resident, head of CNN+ and chief digital officer of CNN Worldwide, will be leaving the network after a transition period. Meanwhile Alex MacCallum, Head of Product and General Manager of CNN+ for CNN Worldwide, will oversee the network’s digital operation and work with Licht on a new strategic direction for CNN. “While today’s decision is incredibly difficult,” Licht says, “it is the right one for the long-term success of CNN....
    The struggling news streaming service CNN+ appears doomed as bosses at its newly formed parent company slash its marketing budget and consider rolling the infant service into HBO Max, according to a new report. CNN parent company Warner Bros. Discovery, which formed through a merger earlier this month, has slashed all external marketing spending for the fledgling CNN+ service, Axios reported on Tuesday.  And as WBD moves to cut up to $3 billion in costs by eliminating redundancies in the newly combined company, CNN's chief financial officer Brad Ferrer has also been ousted and further high-level positions are on the chopping block, the outlet reported. A spokeswoman for CNN+ did not immediately respond to an inquiry from DailyMail.com on Tuesday evening. CNN chief financial officer Brad Ferrer (left) has reportedly been ousted in a cost-cutting move as Warner Bros Discovery CEO David Zaslav (right) restructures the newly combined company Streaming service CNN+ appears doomed as bosses at its newly formed parent company slash its marketing budget and consider rolling the infant service into HBO Max CNN+ launched on March 29, just weeks...
    Former CNN president Jeff Zucker was paid a $5 million bonus in his exit deal after his resignation, according to a report by The Wall Street Journa. The payout was part of a deal between the two parties finalized before Zucker announced his resignation last month, the report said. The initial agreement also included a non-disclosure agreement for Zucker, which prevented him from discussing the reason for his exit from the company beyond a mutually agreed-upon statement, according to the Journal.  Zucker formally announced his resignation from CNN last month after an internal investigation found that he failed to disclose a consensual relationship with his colleague Allison Gollust, CNN’s chief marketing officer and official spokesperson.  CNN parent company WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar conducted its internal investigation found that Zucker, Gollust, and former network anchor Chris CuomoChris CuomoJournalist group hits CNN for lack of diversity in streaming lineup Discovery appoints Chris Licht as new head of CNN CNN to replace Zucker with Chris Licht: report MORE violated company policies. CNN fired Cuomo last December amid his involvement with his brother, Former New...
    Incoming CNN boss Chris Licht plans to nix the network's left-leaning commentary when he assumes the role of president this May, insiders say, and has already engaged in talks with rival Fox News about halting its aggressive coverage of them.  Former CBS exec Licht, 50, who headed Stephen Colbert's Late Show for six years until it was announced he was replacing ousted boss Jeff Zucker last month, has already begun closed door conversations with key figures at the conservative news network, two sources close to the matter told The Daily Beast Tuesday. During these discussions, the Beast reported, Licht made it known to the staffers that he is working towards a ceasefire on his network’s now-notorious negative coverage of the competing news station.  Licht told the Fox staffers that he plans to push hosts like Don Lemon and Jim Acosta away from 'opinionated and emotional' reporting that became prevalent during Donald Trump's presidency, and back to the station's roots as a hard-hitting news source, the insiders said. According to the insiders, savvy 'operator' Licht - described to the Beast as an intense 'social climber' by...
    Getty The Buccaneers are optimistic about re-signing Chris Godwin. Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin will command a big contract in free agency, and he could still find that in his current team this month. Bucs general manager Jason Licht expressed his commitment to re-sign Godwin when NFL free agency officially kicks off on March 16. A former Pro Bowler and second team All-Pro, Godwin ranks second among free agents at any position by NFL.com. “It’s hard to imagine a Buccaneers’ offense without Chris Godwin, and we would love to have him back,” Licht told the media at the NFL Combine on Tuesday, March 1. “We’ll continue to try and work towards that.” Play Jason Licht on Retaining Free Agents, Deep 2022 Draft | Press ConferenceTampa Bay Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht spoke to the media at the NFL Combine. #TampaBayBuccaneers #Bucs #NFL Subscribe to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers YT Channel: goo.gl/AeDQ135 For more Bucs action: buccaneers.com/ Get the App (App Store): apple.co/2JbjHR8 Get the App (Google Play): play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.yinzcam.nfl.buccaneers Buy tickets: buccaneers.com/tickets/ Like us on Facebook:...
    CNN has offered early subscribers to its upcoming streaming service half-price fees for life as the embattled news network seeks to put multiple embarrassing scandals behind it.  CNN+ will launch later this month with a a base price of $5.99 per month, or $59.99 for an annual subscription. Subscribers who sign up to the monthly package the first four weeks will get half off the regular monthly price for life, in what CNN is calling the 'deal of a lifetime.'  After the promotion ends, the CNN+ monthly base price will be the same as top rival Fox News' established streaming service, Fox Nation. CNN, a division of AT&T's WarnerMedia, has invested a reported $120 million in CNN+ and recruited top talent, including Fox News veteran Chris Wallace, actress Eva Longoria, and Alison Roman, a former New York Times food writer fired by bosses at the paper for criticizing shamed social media star Chrissy Teigen. Roman also has a successful career as a cookbook author, Instagram personality and newsletter writer.  Ahead of WarnerMedia's merger with Discovery, expected to close this spring, CNN hopes to...
    A leading group of Hispanic Journalists is criticizing CNN for a lack of Latino representation as part of its newly-announced lineup of hosts for its soon-to-be-launched streaming service.  The National Association of Hispanic Journalists, in a statement this week, said it is "appalled by the lack of Latino journalists" hired to host programs on CNN+, which is scheduled to go live this month.   "This lack of representation is not only disrespectful to our diverse community, but also disregards the well-qualified Latino talent pool within the organization," the organization said. "We expect Chris Licht to do better to ensure that CNN hosts delivering the news reflect the communities they cover, and that diverse candidates are given equal opportunity."  Licht was tapped over the weekend to serve as CNN's new president. He will oversee all of the network's news programming, including its efforts on streaming.  Last week, CNN rolled out a full list of journalists and personalities set to host news, talk and feature programs on CNN+.  These hosts include longtime network faces like Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and Don LemonDon Carlton LemonLawmakers to receive briefing from Biden...
    Comedian Jon Stewart was on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Wednesday to discuss healthcare for veterans but ended the segment throwing some comedic shade at CNN’s incoming chairman Chris Licht. Licht, who is currently the executive producer of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, is set to succeed Jeff Zucker as the head of CNN on May 1. Stewart and the Morning Joe co-hosts discussed the heroism of Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky before turning the conversation quickly to Licht. “Extraordinary. I mean, for, look, I am a comedienne, I know comediennes. I don’t know that we would be able to rise to the challenge of being in a movie about war,” Stewart jested. “You see this gentleman’s courage and tenacity, the way he is leading his country. It’s incredibly moving,” he continued. “I, just, my fear for Ukraine is that we’re going to get sucked into this idea of a heroic narrative while these folks get surrounded in a long-term siege that will cause so much more death and destruction.” Mika Brzezinski then tried to sign off and end the segment. Stewart...
    Stephen Colbert gave a glowing goodbye to his outgoing showrunner Chris Licht, who is set to replace Jeff Zucker as chairman and CEO of CNN Global. “Our own Chris Licht, right over there at that podium, is leaving this show to take over CNN,” Colbert said on Monday’s The Late Show, adding, “I trained the next president of CNN, so I believe legally CNN now stands for the Colbert News Network.” Licht was announced as CNN’s next president over the weekend, following Zucker’s shocking resignation earlier this month. “I am a journalist at heart. While I have enjoyed every minute at The Late Show, I am joining CNN because I feel a genuine pull to return to news at such a critical moment in history,” Licht said in a letter to the network’s team. “CNN is uniquely positioned to be a beacon of meaningful, impactful journalism for the world. I am committed to upholding and building on CNN’s legacy.” Addressing Licht’s big move, Colbert went on to highlight the things he was going to miss about his showrunner, admitting that he was not...
    More On: stephen colbert Greg Gutfeld: The new king of late-night TV Barack Obama regrets not giving Dolly Parton Presidential Medal of Freedom Late-night, daytime shows returning to live TV amid coronavirus pandemic Trevor Noah, Stephen Colbert to headline New York Comedy Festival Stephen Colbert held an emergency meeting Saturday to ease “Late Show” staffers’ fears about their showrunner, Chris Licht, being poached by CNN, Page Six has learned. “There was a [regular] staff meeting [Friday] run by Licht, and he said nothing about CNN. It was a business as usual,” a source familiar with the meeting tells us. But when news broke Saturday that Licht, 50, would be replacing Jeff Zucker as the president of CNN, we’re told Colbert, 57, called a 2 p.m. staff meeting on Zoom to “calm the panic.” Colbert had originally planned to inform the staff about Licht’s departure this week, but buzzy news site Puck beat him to the punch when it first reported on the producer’s new gig. The head writer of “The Late Show” started the Zoom meeting, and it was...
    NEW YORK (AP) — As his executive producer, Chris Licht, prepares to take over as the new chief of CNN, Stephen Colbert joked late Monday that its name will now stand for Colbert News Network. Despite some expected ribbing, Colbert offered a heartfelt sendoff, telling Licht that “I love you.” After a career that had been entirely in news, Licht was appointed executive producer of the “Late Show” in 2016 after a rocky first year with Colbert at the helm. He steadied the ship behind the scenes and the show jumped to the top of the ratings, propelled by the host’s biting takedowns of then-President Donald Trump. On Monday, Discovery CEO David Zaslav announced that Licht will replace Jeff Zucker as head of CNN, likely in May. That’s when Discovery’s corporate takeover of Warner Media, CNN’s parent company, is expected to be complete. Prior to joining Colbert, Licht had been executive producer of the “CBS This Morning” news show and, before that, helped develop and produced “Morning Joe” with Joe Scarborough at MSNBC. “Six years ago when I met Chris...
    In this article DISCAExecutive producer Chris Licht of the television show Our Cartoon President speaks onstage during the CBS/Showtime portion of the 2018 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 6, 2018 in Pasadena, California.Frederick M. Brown | Getty ImagesDiscovery hasn't closed its deal for WarnerMedia yet, but there are already signs cable news station CNN may be in line for a makeover. Discovery on Monday officially named Chris Licht as the new head of CNN. Former head of the network Jeff Zucker reluctantly resigned earlier this month after failing to disclose an office relationship with ex-CNN marketing head Allison Gollust. If Discovery's merger with WarnerMedia closes next month, as expected, Licht will start at CNN in May after departing CBS in "a couple of weeks," according to an internal memo received by CNBC. Licht was the only person Discovery CEO David Zaslav called about taking over for Zucker, according to people familiar with the matter. There wasn't a bakeoff among executives or any outside hiring firm involved in the decision, said the people,...
    Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images Chris Licht was officially named as the next chairman of CNN on Monday and he penned a letter offering some details about the network’s future under his leadership. CNN media reporter Brian Stelter highlighted the announcement in the morning, writing, “Discovery CEO David Zaslav announces that ‘we plan to appoint Chris Licht as the new Chairman and CEO of CNN Global.’” “Licht will start May 1, once the Discovery-WarnerMedia deal takes effect,” Stelter reported. It’s official: Discovery CEO David Zaslav announces that “we plan to appoint Chris Licht as the new Chairman and CEO of CNN Global.” Licht will start May 1, once the Discovery-WarnerMedia deal takes effect. — Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 28, 2022 Licht, a veteran television producer credited with making shows like Morning Joe successful, will leave his role as the executive producer of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert in order to succeed Jeff Zucker. Licht will take over CNN at a moment when the embattled network is rising again in the ratings, driven by breaking news coverage of the Russian...
    Discovery has officially announced the hiring of Chris Licht, a longtime news executive and producer, to head CNN as its chairman and chief executive officer.  Licht, a 20-year veteran of broadcast news, is the executive vice president of special programming at CBS. He has spearhead programs like “The Late Show with Stephen ColbertStephen Tyrone ColbertUkraine proves cable can still do news, but does it really want to? CNN to replace Zucker with Chris Licht: report Colbert to host live 'Late Show' with Sanders as guest after Biden State of the Union MORE” and “CBS This Morning” as well as MSNBC’s “Morning Joe" during a previous stint with NBC Universal.  News of Licht's hiring was first reported by Puck News over the weekend and announced on Monday by Discovery, which is the process of a merger with WarnerMedia, CNN's parent company.  “I have known and admired Chris for more than 15 years and strongly believe he is the best person to lead CNN Global as part of Warner Bros. Discovery," David Zaslav, incoming CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, said in a statement. "Chris is a dynamic and creative producer, an...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Licht, most recently Stephen Colbert’s top producer at CBS, was appointed Monday as the new head of CNN, where he’s expected to take over in May. Licht’s expected appointment to replace Jeff Zucker as chief of CNN was widely reported over the weekend. Before moving into late-night TV, Licht was the chief executive behind the “CBS This Morning” news program and “Morning Joe” on MSNBC. The appointment was made by David Zaslav, Discovery CEO, who is expected to take over the merged company when Discovery’s acquisition of CNN parent WarnerMedia is approved this spring. Zaslav called Licht a “dynamic and creative producer, an engaging and thoughtful journalist, and a true news person.” He said Licht is “a highly principled individual who is trusted, hard-working and makes every organization stronger, more innovative and more cohesive.” Zucker was forced out earlier this month, after admitting that he had violated corporate rules by not revealing his romantic relationship with a CNN marketing executive, Allison Gollust. Gollust later exited the company, too. Licht, in a statement, promised to uphold...
    New York (CNN Business)Discovery on Monday confirmed that Chris Licht will become the new head of CNN when Discovery and WarnerMedia merge this spring.Discovery CEO David Zaslav said "we plan to appoint Chris Licht as the new Chairman and CEO of CNN Global, hopefully starting May 1."The pending merger between Discovery and CNN's current parent, WarnerMedia, is expected to take effect in April.Licht, the former executive producer of "Morning Joe" on MSNBC and "CBS This Morning" on CBS, is currently the showrunner of "The Late Show" and executive vice president of special programming at ViacomCBS."I am a journalist at heart. While I have enjoyed every minute at 'The Late Show,' I am joining CNN because I feel a genuine pull to return to news at such a critical moment in history," Licht said in a memo to staffers Monday morning.Read MoreHis expected appointment was first reported by Puck on Saturday and confirmed by sources with knowledge of the matter."I know you have a lot of questions," Licht wrote to staffers. "Perhaps the biggest one is how will CNN change? The...
    How will that sleazy, lying Uriah Heep of a hairless gerbil named Brian Stelter intend to circle this square? CNN, a left-wing, basement-rated misinformation machine that spreads conspiracy theories and violence, is now admitting its blatant partisanship has damaged its ratings and credibility. But-but-but, the hairless gerbil told me CNN is straight news! According to the latest, CNN’s incoming chief, who is no conservative, will immediately cry Uncle! By putting an end to disgraced former CNN chief Jeff Zucker’s disastrous management choices, that drove the cable channel onto the rocks of its glorious doom. “Under new chief Chris Licht, CNN will dial down the prime-time partisanship and double down on the network’s news-gathering muscle,” reports the far-left Axios. “Ratings are secondary to credibility, in the view of Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, who’s taking over CNN.” “Zaslav, at the urging of mentor John Malone, is likely to push CNN back to hard news, and away from red-hot liberal opining.” BWHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Game over, baby! We win! Remember, this was never about changing or fixing CNNLOL. This was never about shaming the...
    NEW YORK (AP) — CBS executive Chris Licht, who is currently running Stephen Colbert’s late-night show after building two news programs, is expected to become the new president of CNN replacing Jeff Zucker. Licht will be named as soon as next week to the job, according to an executive familiar with the discussions who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak on personnel. The selection was first reported Saturday by the website Puck. The new chief is executive vice president of special programming at CBS. Before taking over as executive producer at Colbert’s “Late Show,” guiding it to the top of the ratings, he ran “CBS This Morning,” the network’s morning news show. Prior to that, he was the top behind-the-scenes executive at MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” in its formative years. There was no immediate comment from a representative at WarnerMedia, CNN’s corporate parent. The choice of Licht was made by David Zaslav, CEO of Discovery, which is expected to soon take over WarnerMedia in a corporate deal that is pending approval. Zucker was forced...
    FORMER CNN President Jeff Zucker stepped down in February of 2022. On Saturday, February 26, 2022, Chris Licht was announced as his reported replacement. 1Chris Licht is an executive producer with CBSCredit: Getty Who is Chris Licht? Chris Licht is the executive producer for the CBS late-night hour, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. His deal with CBS reportedly expires in April of 2022, and he will be stepping up to run CNN as the head of news for Warner Bros. Discovery. A Discovery shareholders meeting on March 11, 2022, is expected to confirm the news of Licht's appointment. Licht has also worked as an executive producer for This Morning and Morning Joe. Most read in NewsDEATH MACHINES Putin's terrifying rockets that 'explode' enemy's lungs 'heading to Ukraine''FIGHTING BACK' 'Hundreds of Russians captured near Kyiv' as Putin fails to take capitalUNDER SIEGE Horror moment ‘Russian’ missile hits Kyiv home as 198 dead in Ukraine invasionHIGHWAY CHAOS One dead in 30-car pile-up crash as shock pics reveal highway carnage More to follow... For the latest news...
    CNN WILL reportedly name Chris Licht as the news network's next president and replacement for Jeff Zucker, who resigned weeks ago. Licht is currently an executive producer for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, but his contract with CBS reportedly expires in April. 2Jeff Zucker, left, and his reported replacement Chris LichtCredit: Getty 2Licht is the longtime executive producer of The Late Show with Stephen ColbertCredit: Getty According to a report from Puck, Jeff Zaslav, CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, has indicated to people close to him that Licht will be formally announced as the news head at or before a shareholders meeting on March 11. Zucker shocked the industry in February when he submitted his resignation due to a relationship that he had with one of his "closest colleagues." "As part of the investigation into Chris Cuomo's tenure at CNN, I was asked about a consensual relationship with my closest colleague, someone I have working with for more than 20 years," Zucker wrote in a statement. "I acknowledged the relationship evolved in recent years. I was required to disclose it when it...
    CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker will be replaced with TV producer Chris Licht, Puck first reported Saturday. Licht, the executive producer of "The Late Show With Stephen ColbertStephen Tyrone ColbertColbert to host live 'Late Show' with Sanders as guest after Biden State of the Union 'The View' invites ADL chief on after Whoopi Goldberg's Holocaust comments Whoopi Goldberg apologizes for saying Holocaust 'isn't about race' MORE" and executive vice president of special programming for CBS, will assume his position at the helm of CNN after Discovery and WarnerMedia merge. Former CNN head Zucker resigned earlier this month after failing to disclose his relationship with colleague Allison Gollust, the chief marketing officer for CNN. Zucker was required to report any sexual relationship he developed with colleagues at the company. The relationship was disclosed during an internal investigation into former CNN anchor Chris CuomoChris CuomoEx-CNN executive discussed interview topics with Andrew Cuomo: report Katie Halper discusses allegations against former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo Five unanswered questions on the crisis at CNN  MORE, whom Zucker fired at the end of last year. Cuomo was...
    CNN has reportedly settled on a new president for the network after Jeff Zucker resigned in disgrace for failing to properly disclose a workplace romance. Chris Licht, currently the executive producer of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS, has been tapped to lead CNN, according to the network's media reporter Brian Stelter, who cited three sources. Licht's selection will be officially announced next week, and he will take over once Discovery completes it merger with CNN parent WarnerMedia sometime this spring, the sources said. Prior to The Late Show, Licht oversaw This Morning at CBS as well as MSNBC’s Morning Joe, where he presided over significant increases in ratings and revenue.  Chris Licht, currently the executive producer of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS, has been tapped to lead CNN CNN has reportedly settled on a new president for the network after Jeff Zucker resigned in disgrace Vice President of Programming for CBS News and Executive Producer of 'CBS This Morning' Chris Licht (R) and wife Jenny Licht attend the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at...
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