Very recently, CNN wound up parting ways with Brian Stelter. Stelter’s exit from the network formally occurred on Sunday and followed the scrapping of his show, Reliable Sources.
After various scandals and bad press, CNN’s now under new management. CEO Chris Licht has been clear that he wants to revamp the network and make it more amenable to the general public.
Within the past several years, CNN’s become notorious for being overtly left-wing and anti-Republican. The network’s ratings have also suffered, one of many reasons why Licht is eager to bring about some changes.
During a meeting last week, the new CEO of CNN warned that all of the company’s workers may not appreciate the adjustments that are coming, according to The Blaze.
Licht on the Changes Coming to CNN
According to the current CEO, CNN is in a time of “significant change.” In pointing this out to employees of the news network, Licht acknowledged that many workers are feeling “unsettled.”
In spite of this, Licht went on to inform that new transitions are on their way. Not only will some CNN workers not like these transitions, but they may not even understand them, per the current CEO.
Its been reported that the new chief at @CNN has met privately with Republican Members of Congress recently to get their view(s) on how CNN might be more accommodating to Republican positions when airing the news on CNN. This report should not surprise both sides. @CNN
— Russel L. Honore' (@ltgrusselhonore) August 20, 2022
According to various reports, CNN may be preparing to move certain employees to different positions and give others the boot, as it did with Stelter.
Workers with CNN’s “New Day” show are expected to remain in their current slots; however, the same remains to be seen for others with the company.
Beyond this, Licht didn’t explicitly lay out what the new changes to the network will entail. However, time is going to reveal what comes next and how it impacts those employed by CNN.
Backlash From Progressives
Left-wing progressives have taken to social media to express their unhappiness with the new direction the network seems to be taking.
Some folks claim they’re now turning to MSNBC as a result of Stelter being canned by the network. Other progressives argue that Licht’s ultimate goal is simply to make CNN a watered-down version of Fox News.
Who else thinks CNN CEO Chris Licht is trying to make that network Fox News-light?
— MassMediaEnjoyer🇺🇲🇺🇦🌊 (@EnjoyerMass) August 19, 2022
Despite the backlash that new leadership at CNN is facing, the company’s ratings have still been in need of serious improvement. This, on its own, lends credence to the argument that what CNN’s doing now may ultimately pay off for the network in the long run.
While progressive critics of the new CEO are very vocal, they are not necessarily the majority of Americans. If they were, CNN’s ratings wouldn’t have fallen so far for so long.
What do you make of the new changes coming to CNN? Do you believe CNN will manage to successfully improve its reputation and ratings? Feel free to let us know in the comments area.