CNN cancels Brian Stelter’s present ‘Reliable Sources’

Within the first main on-air personnel transfer underneath CNN chief Chris Licht, the community is parting methods with senior media correspondent Brian Stelter and canceling his Sunday program “Reliable Sources.”

Stelter confirmed his departure in an announcement to the Instances. “I’m grateful for my nine years with CNN, proud of what we accomplished on ‘Reliable Sources,’ and so thankful for the viewers who tuned in every week for our examination of the media, truth and the stories that shape our world,” he mentioned. “It was a rare privilege to lead a weekly show focused on the press at a time when it has never been more consequential.”

Stelter is scheduled to do his closing broadcast on Sunday.

CNN will proceed to cowl the media on its digital platforms, together with the “Reliable Sources” publication that could be a in style learn amongst media business insiders.

However the pondering inside CNN underneath Licht is {that a} program analyzing the media was too inside baseball for a TV viewers, particularly on Sunday morning when numerous viewers tune in for information.

Stelter’s exit would be the starting of different strikes underneath Licht, who took excessive job at CNN in April — recruited by Warner Bros. Discovery Chief Govt David Zaslav. Licht has advised the troops at CNN that they may get a clearer concept of his imaginative and prescient for the community as they enter the autumn.

Zaslav has proven a willingness to make daring strikes at Warner Bros. Discovery, together with the ouster of movie studio head Toby Emmerich, cancellation of the discharge of “Batgirl,” a $90-million movie, and saying plans to merge the streaming providers of Discovery+ and HBO Max.

“Reliable Sources” is likely one of the the longest-running applications on CNN, established as a discussion board for critiques on the media. This system turned extra political throughout Donald Trump’s years within the White Home as Trump regularly attacked the media and CNN specifically.

CNN executives turned much less comfy with the present lately, particularly because the community itself has change into engulfed in controversies.

Stelter was usually within the difficult place of reporting on CNN, particularly when host Chris Cuomo got here underneath fireplace final yr when it was revealed that he was helping his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as he battled allegations of sexual harassment. Chris Cuomo was fired in December 2021, because the community believed he was not forthcoming about his degree of involvement in serving to his brother.

Stelter was employed to host “Reliable Sources” by former CNN president Jeff Zucker, in November 2013, filling the function that had lengthy been held by Howard Kurtz, who moved to Fox Information. Stelter had been a media reporter on the New York Instances after making a reputation for himself because the founding father of TVNewser, a weblog that tracked the TV information business.