CNN show ‘Reliable Sources’ hosted by Brian Stelter canceled; the entire staff laid off.
Last week, news broke that CNN host Brian Stelter would depart the cable channel following the cancellation of his primetime show ‘Reliable Sources.’ Stelter took over the show in 2013, covering the American news media throughout its duration.
NPR reported on an exclusive statement given to the news outlet, “[Stelter] is grateful for the show and his team’s examination of ‘the media, truth and the stories that shape our world.’”
Now, CNN CEO Chris Licht told employees to prepare for “more changes” following the axing of Stelter’s program. While it’s unclear what specific change’s the CEO is referring to, he did set the overall tone for the company: “There will be more changes, and you might not understand it or like it.”
This shift is rumored to be part of the CEO’s attempt to moderate partisan leanings in CNN’s news coverage. According to Axios, “If [CNN] talent cannot adjust to a less partisan tone and strategy, they could be ousted, three sources familiar with the matter tell Axios.”
Anonymous sources leaked Stelter’s fate nearly two months in advance. In a June 2022 report, reporter Jon Nicosia said that a source had told him Stelter was “down to weeks if not days” left at CNN.
This follows CNN’s axing of their proprietary streaming service, CNN+. In a report released near the end of April 2022, Warner Bros. Discovery suspended all external marketing spend for the platform. They laid off CNN’s chief financial officer, foreshadowing things to come. Finally, an article co-written by Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy confirmed the rumors that CNN+ would be trashed by the end of April 2022.
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