CNN’s new boss Chris Licht may oust ‘partisan’ talent as the network tries to navigate through low ratings.
According to Axios, Licht is evaluating personalities and programming that became too polarizing during Trump’s presidency.
Jeff Zucker was ousted in February after it was revealed he was in a relationship with Allison Gollust, the chief marketing officer for CNN.
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.
Why it matters: If talent cannot adjust to a less partisan tone and strategy, they could be ousted, three sources familiar with the matter tell Axios.
Details: 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 bookers, that includes making programming decisions that are focused on nuance, not noise.
To conservative critics, some on-air personalities, like Jim Acosta and Brian Stelter, have become the face of the network’s liberal shift.
Is CNN’s resident potato on the chopping block too?
CNN insiders called for Brian Stelter to be fired after Jeff Zucker’s ousting.
Earlier this year, a CNN insider told The Daily Mail that “Brian Stelter should start looking for another job.”
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