CNN’s Brian Stelter will not be with the network much longer, according to a report.
President of News Cycle Media Jon Nicosia tweeted Thursday, “SOURCE: Stelter is ‘down to weeks if not days’ left at CNN. They go on ‘He is everything that reminds the new owners of the Zucker era they desperately want to get past’ – More to come.”
He added, “They continue: ‘Management is confident Stelter is the one sharing the internal pushback to fellow media reporters while simultaneously stirring discontent within the ranks.'”
They continue: "Management is confident Stelter is the one sharing the internal pushback to fellow media reporters while simultaneously stirring discontent within the ranks"
— Jon Nicosia (@NewsPolitics) June 15, 2022
Earlier this week, Fox News reported Stelter’s “Reliable Sources” had its lowest-rated episode since September 2019.
Only 580,000 viewers tuned in on Sunday.
Axios previously noted 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.”
Three sources familiar with the matter told the outlet if talent cannot adjust to the new method, they could be ousted.
Axios pointed out to conservative critics, “Some on-air personalities, like Jim Acosta and Brian Stelter, have become the face of the network’s liberal shift.”
The daily version of Stelter’s show was dropped as a result of CNN+ being canceled.
In April, CNN announced the streaming service would be shutting down just one month after its launch.
CNN+ customers would “receive prorated refunds of subscription fees.”
Licht said in an internal memo that “all CNN+ employees will continue to be paid and receive benefits for the next 90 days to explore opportunities at CNN, CNN Digital and elsewhere in the Warner Bros. Discovery family.”
Two weeks into its launch, fewer than 10,000 people were using the service, as CNBC reported.
A CNN spokesperson said at the time, “We continue to be happy with the launch and its progress after only two weeks.”
The outlet noted CNN sought to go big with the streaming service.
The company even attracted talent from other networks, such as Kasie Hunt from NBC News and Chris Wallace from Fox News.
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