Sunday, May 19, 2024

CNN Plus is A Minus: Streaming Service, a Failure, Will Shut Down on April 30 Per Reports– No Word on Chris Wallace’s Fate


That’s it for CNN Plus.

The streaming service was a minus on Warner Discovery’s books, and now it’s over. The New York Times says it’s shutting down on April 30th.

What will happen to news personalities like Chris Wallace and Kasie Hunt who were brought over from Fox News and NBC News, respectively? Their agents and lawyers must be going crazy.

But no one knew where CNN Plus was, or what it was, or how to find it. It had a failure to launch, in simple terms. A few days ago it was reported that Warner Discovery, the new version of Time Warner whatever, had suspended all marketing and fired the COO. The writing was on the wall.

Part of the problem was without Jeff Zucker running CNN, and the parent company being sold, no one had a vision for what this was supposed to be. We all hate Fox News, but they birthed Fox Nation with a plan. And now it’s up and running.

One day, CNN will return to streaming. But for now, the dream is dead.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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