CNN’s new president, Chris Licht, read the riot act to staff on an employee phone call on Friday, warning that there will be major changes to the disgraced far-left fake news network and “you might not understand or like it.”
likely did not calm the nerves of employees concerned about major changes such as staff reductions and firings. According to sources who were on the call, Licht warned CNN staffers that they “might not” like decisions that are coming down the pipe, another indication that the flagging legacy cable news outlet is about to experience significant upheaval.
“I want to acknowledge that this is a time of significant change, and I know that many of you are unsettled,” Licht said, according to several who attended Friday’s editorial call, The Hollywood Reporter noted. “There will be more changes, and you might not understand it or like it.”
Licht, who replaced Jeff Zucker at the helm of CNN earlier this year, began evaluating the extremely partisan on-air talent shortly after he took over. And the phone call on Friday comes on the heels of news that one of the network’s hosts, Brian Stelter — whose weekly “Reliable Sources” program has seen tanking ratings for more than a year — was leaving after his show was reportedly canceled.
“No one is safe or secure right now,” one source on the phone call told the outlet Deadline.
“I think people are legitimately sad that Brian is leaving,” one staffer at CNN toldt he Hollywood Reporter, anonymously. “He was a big presence at the network — but understand that Chris has to put his stamp on the network.”
The Daily Wire added:
Deadline reported that billionaire investor John Malone — who is one of the largest investors in CNN’s parent company, Warner Bros. Discovery — said earlier in the year during an interview that he wanted CNN to “evolve back to the kind of journalism that it started with, and actually have journalists.”
Stelter whined in his newsletter at the time that Malone wanting unbiased reporting at the network “stoked fears that Discovery might stifle CNN journalists and steer away from calling out indecency and injustice.”
One CNN insider told Deadline that the decision to dismiss Stelter and cancel his program was “coming from above.”
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