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Thursday, August 18, 2022

In the first major on-air personnel move under CNN chief Chris Licht, the network is parting ways with senior media correspondent Brian Stelter and canceling his Sunday program "Reliable Sources." Stelter announced his departure to NPR. A CNN representative did not respond to a request for comment. Stelter is scheduled to do his final broadcast on Sunday, according to a person familiar with the plans who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. The person said CNN will continue to cover the media on its digital platforms, including the "Reliable Sources" newsletter that was a popular read among media industry insiders. But the thinking inside CNN under Licht is that a program analyzing the media was too inside baseball for a TV audience, especially on Sunday morning when a large number of viewers tune in for news.

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Stelter's exit may be the beginning of other moves under Licht, who took over the top job at CNN in April " recruited by Warner Bros. Discovery Chief Executive David Zaslav. Licht has told the troops at CNN that they will get a clearer idea of his vision for the network as they enter the fall.

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I hate to hear that.

He was such a principled journalist.

#1 | Posted by Mao_Content at 2022-08-18 05:18 PM | Reply

Shall we have a moment of silence?

#2 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2022-08-18 05:26 PM | Reply

Stetler is one of those guys that became a reporter to get back at all those that beat him up and took his lunch money. Male and female.

#3 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2022-08-18 05:42 PM | Reply

Brian Stelter was boring. I never understood how the right-wing whiners at Fox News and elsewhere got so worked up about him when he was the most vanilla media critic in the media.

#4 | Posted by rcade at 2022-08-18 09:08 PM | Reply

His departure seems to coincide with the new leadership at CNN, and the leadership's goal of reducing the partisanship in the CNN shows.


#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-19 11:20 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

An article I read when the announcement that Licht was taking over CNN was that his goal is to return CNN to its news foundation. Less talking heads, more news. Licht has a long, respected track record as a newsman.

#6 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2022-08-19 11:21 AM | Reply

@#4 ... I never understood how the right-wing whiners at Fox News and elsewhere got so worked up about him when he was the most vanilla media critic in the media. ...

Are you implying that Fox News (et al in right-wing news) needs something substantial before they get all worked up? If so, I disagree with that implication.


#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-19 11:22 AM | Reply

"Are you implying that Fox News (et al in right-wing news) needs something substantial before they get all worked up? If so, I disagree with that implication."

In other words, they are no better or worse than every major Liberal outlet who gets their panties in a bunch about every little thing reported in a right-leaning publication. I mean, the partisan divide is no more apparent in anything in our country than the media, so saying one side does it while knowing without any doubt that the side you are on does it too is almost the definition of hypocrisy. So, why do it?

#8 | Posted by humtake at 2022-08-19 12:14 PM | Reply

"In other words, they are no better or worse than every major Liberal outlet"

They're a lot worse.

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-08-19 12:17 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Less talking heads, more news.

This is unlikely to happen because news is much more expensive than talking heads.

#10 | Posted by rcade at 2022-08-19 01:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

7nbsp

@#10 ... news is much more expensive than talking heads. ...

Yup.

That's why I will be watching the results of his efforts to see where CNN winds up vs his currently stated goals.

(and, tangentially related, I've been watching Shepard Smith on CNBC for a month or so. So far, he seems to be doing well in his new home. A lot of real news, not too much noise.)



#11 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-19 01:30 PM | Reply

if they keep don lemon then they're not serious about rehabilitating their network. he's a joke.

#12 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-08-19 01:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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