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Mon Jan 11, 2021, 10:33 PM

Major changes at CNN

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Jake Tapper will become Chief Washington Correspondent, meaning he will be the one to make all major political announcements such as the calling of states on air. His weekday show, The Lead, will be expanding to two hours.

Wolf Blitzer's show, The Situation Room, will move to 6:00 PM and be shortened to one hour. Blitzer will remain as the networks anchor for all breaking news and host Special Reports.

Abby Phillip will take over the Sunday edition of "Inside Politics", John King will remain as the weekday host.

Dana Bash will take over hosting duties for every other week for "State of the Union" with Tapper remaining as host or the remaining weeks. She will also have a standing quarterly primetime interview special.

Jim Acosta will be leaving the WH Press Pool and taking over as a weekend anchor and Chief Domestic Correspondent.

Pamela Brown will get and anchor position during the weekend 6-9 timeslot.

Kaitlan Collins will be the new chief White House correspondent to replace Acosta.

Clearly CNN is setting a hard focus on the news while Fox is reducing it's primetime news programming and adding an additional hour of opinion programs.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/11/media/cnn-washington-dc-anchors-correspondents/index.html

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Reply Major changes at CNN (Original post)
BGBD Jan 11 OP
applegrove Jan 11 #1
brush Jan 11 #2
BGBD Jan 11 #4
brush Jan 11 #10
Blue_true Jan 11 #20
ProfessorGAC Jan 12 #34
KatyMan Jan 12 #35
sfstaxprep Jan 11 #8
underpants Jan 11 #14
hack89 Jan 12 #30
PatSeg Jan 12 #37
jalan48 Jan 11 #3
ornotna Jan 11 #17
H2O Man Jan 11 #18
lagomorph777 Jan 12 #31
jalan48 Jan 12 #38
Earthshine2 Jan 11 #5
Blue_true Jan 11 #21
Earthshine2 Jan 11 #22
marmar Jan 11 #6
Totally Tunsie Jan 11 #7
mwooldri Jan 11 #9
NoMoreRepugs Jan 11 #11
KS Toronado Jan 12 #23
NoMoreRepugs Jan 12 #28
Maven Jan 11 #12
chowder66 Jan 12 #24
OhNo-Really Jan 12 #27
lagomorph777 Jan 12 #32
napi21 Jan 11 #13
Blue_true Jan 11 #19
Blue_true Jan 11 #15
tulipsandroses Jan 11 #16
AlexSFCA Jan 12 #25
Roy Rolling Jan 12 #26
lagomorph777 Jan 12 #36
Turin_C3PO Jan 12 #29
BumRushDaShow Jan 12 #33

Response to BGBD (Original post)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 10:36 PM

1. Like Jake. He doesn't kid around. We need that.

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Response to BGBD (Original post)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 10:39 PM

2. Hmmm? Blitzer's show is taking a cut. That's about right as Tapper is very good.

I wish they'd given Bianna Kielar a more prominent slot. She's top notch.

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Response to brush (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 10:42 PM

4. Don't know for sure

but I'd imagine some of that is Blitzer wanting to free up some time. He's 72 years old and having a nightly 2 hours show and cover all major breaking news is a pretty big investment.

I think when Blitzer retires you will see Keilar come into Primetime. She already covers a lot of those slots when somebody is off.

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Response to BGBD (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 10:47 PM

10. Good analysis.

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Response to BGBD (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 11:31 PM

20. I agree, Blitzer seemed ready to downshift for a while.

CNN has a very good stable of correspondents, including a lot of really talented female correspondents, now is the time to start elevating the younger talent, while allowing Wolf to ease into retirement.

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Response to BGBD (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 09:46 AM

34. He's On 7 Days A Week, Too

I agree they're setting up a downshift for a guy closing in on full retirement.
Also agree on Brianna being likely moved to primetime.

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Response to BGBD (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 09:47 AM

35. We've been wondering if Wolf actually has a home

He's on so much.

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Response to brush (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 10:45 PM

8. Brianna Is Awesome!

She's got a pretty lousy time slot, 10:00 AM-Noon PST/1:00-3:00 PM EST.

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Response to sfstaxprep (Reply #8)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 11:16 PM

14. She is a parent so the hours might really suit her

2 year old child according to Wikipedia

MSNBC would love to have Nicole Wallace somewhere in prime time but she likes her hours from what I understand and being home relatively normally for her family.

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Response to brush (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 09:42 AM

30. Wolf is 72 years old - I suspect he is winding down for retirement. nt

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Response to brush (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 09:57 AM

37. Blitzer was one of the reason's I quit watching CNN

Cutting him down to one hour is an improvement, but no Blitzer would be better. I never understood why he had such a prominent role at CNN. There is so much great talent out there to choose from. I can remember when Aaron Brown and Judy Woodruff were primetime anchors at CNN, much better viewing experience.

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Response to BGBD (Original post)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 10:41 PM

3. Abby Phillips is great.

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Response to jalan48 (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 11:22 PM

17. Yes she is

These are some good changes.

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Response to jalan48 (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 11:24 PM

18. Right.

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Response to jalan48 (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 09:44 AM

31. Abby Phillip

Even CNN's on-air talent frequently make the same error; it's hard not to!

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #31)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 11:26 AM

38. Thanks. No wonder I didn't get that proofing job.

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Response to BGBD (Original post)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 10:43 PM

5. I'm good with this. I got CNN on right now.

I'll switch to MSNBC at midnight.

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Response to Earthshine2 (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 11:33 PM

21. How long do you stay up watching news? nt

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Response to Blue_true (Reply #21)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 11:45 PM

22. We get these channels streamed through the net. It makes it easy to keep them on

while I go about my work and play around the house throughout the day.

It's good background noise.

For whatever reason, the CNN tvgo channel does not transmit any commercials. The screen goes blank for a few minutes. It's great!

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Response to BGBD (Original post)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 10:44 PM

6. Shortening Blitzer's show is a good thing.

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Response to BGBD (Original post)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 10:44 PM

7. Nice to see their continued grooming of

Abby Phillip and Kaitlyn Collins. It's been exciting to watch their growth in their jobs.

Good work by all.

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Response to BGBD (Original post)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 10:46 PM

9. Good move IMO.

CNNs best ratings are when there's a lot of "breaking wind" err... "breaking news". Fixed News should be called Fox Opinion as there's little news on that channel. MSNBC is similarly placed.

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Response to BGBD (Original post)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 10:51 PM

11. Fox adding an additional hour of BULLSHIT.

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Response to NoMoreRepugs (Reply #11)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 01:06 AM

23. "an additional hour of opinion programs", yep more propaganda and bullshit

Will the "religious right" ever learn that honestly is the best policy, and quit all their lying?

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Response to KS Toronado (Reply #23)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 08:58 AM

28. I sincerely doubt they will.

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Response to BGBD (Original post)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 10:58 PM

12. Remember when US news channels used to cover international news?

That was nice.

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Response to Maven (Reply #12)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 01:08 AM

24. +1

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Response to Maven (Reply #12)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 01:33 AM

27. I record Amanpour CNN & AM Becky Anderson

And on YouTube a firehose of news everyday
Amy Goodman Democracy Now but you have to be a fast listener 😊

And of course DU & Twitter

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Response to Maven (Reply #12)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 09:45 AM

32. Remember when America was normal and bad things mainly happened in other countries?

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Response to BGBD (Original post)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 11:02 PM

13. All good moves. I'vv really been impressed by Kaitlan Collins. She deserves the promo. Been

working her buns off the last few weeks. I swear I've seen her the entire day & night. Every time an anchor goes to news from the WH, it's Kaitlan again. I hate to admit that I've been watching more of CNN than MSNBC lately.

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Response to napi21 (Reply #13)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 11:27 PM

19. Collins got busy nailing the Trump mid-administration on it's lies as soon as she showed up

as a CNN correspondent. And to think, she started working out of college for, I think, the Weekly Standard (rightwing rag). Maybe she knew that would get her to Washington DC, where she could jump ship to a better job. She is clearly hardworking, she runs circles around most other reporters at the White House in that regard, except for Acosta and all the female reporters at the White House (Urban Radio, NBC, ABC, CBS), the female correspondents dug out facts and didn’t take shit from the Trump people.

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Response to BGBD (Original post)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 11:21 PM

15. Kaitlan Collins is moving up fast.

Don’t be surprised to see her anchoring a national news program soon, assuming that she doesn’t have gross shit that she wrote on social media or spoke in private.

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Response to BGBD (Original post)

Mon Jan 11, 2021, 11:22 PM

16. What time will Acosta be on weekends?

I only watch CNN at night for Lemon and Cuomo. Will watch Acosta on the weekends as I am not fond of MSNBC's weekend line up after 12pm, except for Rev Al at 5.

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Response to BGBD (Original post)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 01:16 AM

25. CNN doesn't need any opinion shows

it should be high quality in depth news coverage, investigative journalism, exclusives, interviews, etc.

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Response to AlexSFCA (Reply #25)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 01:21 AM

26. So true

They own the category of breaking news—everyone looks to CNN when something happens. A straight news show in prime time is a better offering than competing with opinion hosts—that’s a shrinking market.

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Response to Roy Rolling (Reply #26)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 09:47 AM

36. I wish they'd be a little more stingy with the "BREAKING NEWS" banner.

It's kind of getting diluted. There's plenty of real news flowing in these days (unfortunately). No need to hype every little thing.

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Response to BGBD (Original post)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 09:04 AM

29. Looks like it's good changes.

I do think they should add more focus on international news though.

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Response to BGBD (Original post)

Tue Jan 12, 2021, 09:46 AM

33. "Jim Acosta will be leaving the WH Press Pool"

That poor guy probably needs a year paid sabbatical. The unrelenting abuse that he took over the past 4 years had to be a nightmare.

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