In the nearly three months since Chris Licht’s dramatic departure from CNN, an interim leadership quadrumvirate has admirably attempted to steer and steady the ship. But now, David Zaslav has his eyes set on a new potential chief. In tonight’s issue, fresh reporting around his preferred candidate, plus news and notes on the network’s gamble to make core news programming available to streaming audiences on Max.
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As Zaslav works to convince NYT and BBC vet Mark Thompson to take over CNN, the D.T.C. braintrust at Hudson Yards is testing the limits of the post-cable future with a plan to finally begin live-streaming the network’s primetime talent on Max.
On Thursday, one day after the news broke that David Zaslav was pursuing a new leader for CNN, Warner Bros. Discovery announced plans to launch CNN Max, a 24-hour streaming channel on its recently rebranded Max service. The dual headlines out of Hudson Yards this week portend a...
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