The hundreds of layoffs at CNN this week were, as CNN boss Chris Licht predicted, a “gut punch,” but the question for staffers — and viewers — is what will happen next. For viewers, the changes may be apparent in a number of ways, particularly at HLN, where the Robin Meade-anchored Morning Express is ending and Meade, whose first day on air at HLN was Sept. 11, 2001, is departing along with staffers. Instead, CNN will replace the morning show with a simulcast of CNN This Morning , the relaunched version of New Day . HLN, which was formerly the newscast-dominated Headline News, had shifted for the rest of the day to largely a format of true-crime shows, something that resembles Warner Bros Discovery sibling network ID. So it wasn’t a complete surprise that ID would take on responsibilities for the true-crime block. Licht has indicated that, as the network undergoes cuts, he wants to minimize the impact on newsgathering. Nevertheless, a number of reporters and … [Read more...] about CNN “Gut Punch” Of Layoffs And Cost Cuts: What Happens Next?
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EXCLUSIVE: George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth have launched BedBy8 , a production company focused on scripted television projects, limited series and documentaries. Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco serves as President of the company. BedBy8 already has two projects in development at 20th Television. The first is Let’s Not Do This Again , based on Grant Ginder’s book, with Jenni Konner attached to write and executive produce, which has has been set up at Hulu. The second is Intelligence , a dark comedy based on the book by Susan Hasler, with JJ Philbin & David Feeney writing and executive producing. Husband-and-wife duo Stephanopoulos and Wentworth as well as Mastromonaco executive produce both projects for BedBy8. The new company expands Stephanopoulos’ Disney footprint to the scripted side of the company while also doubling up on his nonfiction/documentary efforts. He anchors ABC News’ Good Morning America and This Week … [Read more...] about George Stephanopulos & Ali Wentworth Launch BedBy8 Production Company, Set ‘Let’s Not Do This Again’ & ‘Intelligence’ As First Projects
Houston police announced today that a suspect in the fatal shooting of rapper Takeoff has been arrested and charged with murder. The suspect, identified as Patrick Xavier Clark, 33, was arrested in Houston last night, according to Houston Police Department Chief Troy Finner. A second man, Cameron Joshua, 22, was charged with the unlawful carrying of a weapon in connection with the Nov. 1 incident. At a press briefing this afternoon, Finner thanked Takeoff’s family for their patience during the monthlong investigation and said of the rapper, “We lost a good man. I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting him but everybody, hundreds of people spoke of what a great individual he was.” Finner had previously said that law enforcement officials did not believe Takeoff was “involved in anything criminal at the time” of the shooting and that an argument had broken out at the private party in a bowling alley, attended by at least 40 people, where the incident occurred. At today’s … [Read more...] about Takeoff Shooting: Houston Police Charge Suspect With Murder, Describe Rapper As “Innocent Bystander”