Welcome back to What I’m Hearing+, coming to you from Los Angeles, where I’m doing meetings before seeing my White Sox take on the Dodgers, then hopping a plane for more meetings abroad.
This week, an examination of the streaming struggles ahead for CNN, a cable network trying to decipher the future of news when more than 75 percent of Gen Z audiences get their information from social media at least once a week, 48 percent of those audiences aren’t interested in cable news, and the linear TV model is slowly but surely melting away. David Zaslav has a much weightier challenge than simply a leadership transition.
In the wake of Chris Licht’s sudden departure from CNN, where he served as C.E.O. for just more than a year, there’s been plenty of media attention lavished upon his performance: how he lost the newsroom and the support of his boss, Warner Bros. Discovery C.E.O. David Zaslav; and how he couldn’t quite figure out how to program for an eroding medium. (Consumers of my partner Dylan Byers are certainly well-informed on these micro-topics.)
In many ways, however, Licht was handed an impossible task. While the spotlight focused...
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