Jeff Bewkes: We might rehire Rick Sanchez
Time Warner CEO says 'he did a lot of good work on CNN'Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes says Rick Sanchez might someday return to CNN despite his controversial statements against Jews running the media and Jon Stewart.
"He did a lot of good work on CNN and anything is possible. I wish him well," Bewkes said in an interview on “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on Fox News Channel Wednesday (via Newser). "I think that he is a talented guy and he will have a lot of interest in different channels and, who knows, maybe some day the right place for him is at one of ours."
But it won't be any time soon.
Added Bewkes of rehiring Sanchez, who released an apology Thursday: "I don’t think we should do that now and I am sure he would like to try something new as well."
Bewkes says he was "not involved" in the decision to fire Sanchez, but he "knew" and agreed.
Bewkes also downplayed that Jon Klein was blindsided when he was fired as CNN/US president. Klein has said he "got shot" when Jim Walton let him go during a five-minute conversation.
"Jon did a very good job and a lot of what Jon did was done with the support and agreement of Jim [Walton] and me and I think we got to the point where we need to make a change and that is why we made this structural change… I don’t think it surprised him," said Bewkes.
Bewkes opened up about how CNN can compete against conservative Fox and the left-leaning MSNBC - by providing deeper coverage of big issues while remaining nonpartisan.
"That is something that Fox might think about as well, which is a little more breadth of spectrum in terms of the issues that you cover. You may not want to do that but that is what we are trying to do at CNN," said Bewkes. "We think, by the way, there is plenty of room for all of us. I think CNN can continue to deepen the coverage that it is bringing to the issues, and we are very strong on breaking news, whether it is war, big events in the world, and elections where we had our high ratings with the elections a couple of years ago."
"We need to cover all sides of the issues. We have to get more in-depth and all of us, everyone in TV news and I am sure you have thought of this, there is a real challenge to keep what you are saying on TV–including what we are saying right now–keep it interesting, keep the audience from going to sleep and I hope they are not snoring as we talk and get into the issues. and besides the depth of the issue get all sides of the issue."