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CNN Staffers Breathe a Sigh of Relief, But Wonder: What Next?

The stunning departure of CNN CEO Chris Licht — after only a year on the job and just days after a brutal profile in The Atlantic — was welcomed with a sigh of relief by staff, according to multiple CNN insiders. But that sigh was mixed with a continued sense of anxiety, say staffers, who […]

CNN CEO Chris Licht Ousted After Tumultuous Year

The Chris Licht era at CNN is over. The CNN CEO will be departing the company after only a year. Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav confirmed the news to CNN staff on the news organization’s daily editorial call. Zaslav praised Licht for his “amazing career” but acknowledged that his leadership at CNN was not […]

CNN Chief Tells Staff “I Should Not Be in the News” After “Meltdown” Magazine Profile

Forty-three years ago last week, CNN launched as an ambitious attempt to revolutionize TV news. Now it’s at the center of the media universe, and looking to redefine itself once again. While CNN’s launch on June 1, 1980, was marked by celebration, the experience in 2023 was, in the words of one former CNN journalist, […]

CNN CEO Chris Licht Exposed: Five Takeaways From Bombshell Profile

On June 2, The Atlantic published a deeply reported look at the rocky tenure of Chris Licht, who took over as chair and CEO of CNN Worldwide last year. The colorful 15,000-word profile features his unvarnished opinions, as well as intimate access, including a morning session with the polarizing executive’s physical trainer, who Licht refers […]

David Leavy Tapped as COO of CNN

Warner Bros. Discovery is turning to a veteran of the company to help bolster CNN’s leadership team. On Thursday the company announced that David Leavy, currently WBD’s chief corporate affairs officer, will become COO of the news brand, reporting to CNN CEO Chris Licht. Leavy is a 23-year veteran of Discovery Inc., having been one […]

CNN’s Anderson Cooper Addresses Trump Town Hall Debacle: “You Have Every Right to Be Outraged”

With CNN facing a storm of criticism for its handling of a town hall event with Donald Trump, the network’s star anchor Anderson Cooper addressed the backlash on air Thursday night. The cable news network has been on damage control since Wednesday night’s calamitous town hall moderated by Kaitlan Collins, an event that saw the […]

TV Ratings: CNN Gets Big Boost With Trump Town Hall

Donald Trump’s town hall on CNN Wednesday night came in for harsh criticism on social media, and it also drew a much larger than usual audience to the news channel. Final same-day ratings for the telecast, with the former president being questioned by CNN anchor Kaitlan Collins, have the town hall averaging 3.31 million on-air […]

CNN Slammed for “Shameful” Trump Town Hall: “You Failed Journalism and Our Country”

CNN and CEO Chris Licht came in for ferocious criticism over the chaotic town hall the cable news network held with former president Donald Trump on Wednesday. Amid his 2024 presidential campaign, Trump sat down with CNN This Morning anchor Kaitlan Collins at the event held in New Hampshire. The 70-minute town hall was populated […]

Chris Wallace on Conducting an “Interview” Versus a “Conversation,” How He Will Cover the 2024 Election

When Chris Wallace left Fox News to join CNN a little more than a year ago, he did so in a desire to pursue new avenues. A veteran political anchor, Wallace wanted the chance to interview interesting people outside the confines of politics. But while Wallace’s CNN+ show fell victim to the streaming platform’s short […]

Don Lemon Says He Has No Regrets After CNN Firing: “I Am a Survivor”

Days after Don Lemon revealed he had been fired from CNN, the former CNN This Morning co-anchor took to the red carpet at the Time 100 gala in New York Wednesday night to say that while the departure was a surprise, it’s behind him now. When arriving at the all-star media event (where CNN CEO […]

Gayle King and Charles Barkley to Co-Host CNN Show “King Charles” as Chris Licht Seeks Reset for Cable News Channel

In one of the most significant programming moves since joining CNN as its CEO nearly a year ago, Chris Licht has hired CBS Mornings co-anchor Gayle King and NBA on TNT analyst Charles Barkley to host a weekly primetime program, to be called King Charles. The show was announced on TNT as part of the […]

MSNBC Adds Former CNN Anchor Ana Cabrera to Daytime Lineup

MSNBC is adding another notable news anchor to its dayside lineup. Ana Cabrera, who left CNN at the end of last year, will anchor MSNBC’s 10 a.m. hour in a program called Ana Cabrera Reports. Jose Diaz-Balart most recently anchored the hour for MSNBC, but shifted to 11 a.m. as part of a larger shake-up […]