According to theWashington Examiner, the top anchor at One America News (OAN), Liz Wheeler, will be leaving the network after five years.
During her time at OAN, Wheeler helped launch and grow her show Tipping Point, where it became the top program. However, it’s time for a change, but before leaving, Wheeler uploaded a video where she thanked the network and views, saying that she’d never appeared on camera before joining OAN.
In her statement with the Washington Examiner, Wheeler added that she will not change anything about herself despite departing OAN.
“My departure from One America News means I have a new job, but it doesn’t mean I’m changing who I am,” Wheeler said. “I’m still on a mission to search out the truth and report it for the American people every day. In a world where the mainstream media is more and more disingenuous every day, honest reporting is needed more now than ever. I’m excited to share more about my new job with all of you as soon as possible!” Wheeler did reveal her new job opportunity but couldn’t disclose any more information, but she hopes to reach more viewers.
MSNBC Shuffles Weekend Lineup, Cancels The Mehdi Hasan Show
After his program’s cancellation, the network plans to use Hasan as an analyst and a fill-in host.
MSNBC has reportedly canceled the weekend show hosted by Mehdi Hasan and will expand an existing program hosted by Ayman Mohyeldin, as part of a larger weekend shuffle.
The Mehdi Hasan Show aired on Sundays at 8 PM ET. Additionally, he hosted a Peacock-exclusive program on Tuesdays. After his program’s cancellation, the network plans to use Hasan as an analyst and a fill-in host, according to a report from Semafor’s Max Tani.
MSNBC will launch a new “ensemble” program that will be led by Alicia Menendez, Symone Sanders-Townsend, and Michael Steele. Dubbed The Weekend, the new program will air on both Saturday and Sunday from 8-10 AM ET. As part of the new program, both Symone Sanders-Townsend and Alicia Menendez will relinquish their already existing weekend shows.
“As we emerge from a multitude of historic events these past months, we have an opportunity to build on our accomplishments and keep the momentum going into 2024 and beyond,” MSNBC President Rashida Jones wrote in an internal memo to staffers Thursday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The network is also moving the program hosted by Jonathan Capehart to 6 PM ET on both Saturdays and Sundays. The existing show in that timeslot helmed by Yasmin Vossoughian will end, and she will continue to work as a national reporter.
Alex Witt Reports will expand to three hours as part of the weekend shuffle.
David Zaslav Opens Door to Potential Reunion with Ex-CNN CEO Chris Licht
“We had a lot of fun and a lot of battles together. Chris is going to have a lot of great chapters and hopefully some of those with us at Warner Bros.”
Earlier this year, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav fired CNN CEO Chris Licht after a disastrous, high-profile feature in The Atlantic questioned his ability to run the network. However, Zaslav hasn’t completely closed the door on working with Licht in the future.
While speaking at the New York Times DealBook Summit, Zaslav called Licht “a good friend” before noting that the former CNN chief could still have a future with the company.
“There are a lot of good days and a lot of tough days. Chris has had a lot of great days,” said Zaslav. “He created Morning Joe. He created CBS This Morning. We had a lot of fun and a lot of battles together. Chris is going to have a lot of great chapters and hopefully some of those with us at Warner Bros. He’s very talented.”
Chris Licht was reportedly handpicked by Zaslav to run CNN after the high-profile exit of former executive Jeff Zucker in 2022. He only lasted until June before a series of decisions left internal staffers openly questioning whether or not the longtime TV executive had a plan for the network, other than continue on Zaslav’s mission to keep the outlet from becoming an “advocacy network”. Zaslav says he remains committed to that vision despite Licht’s failures.
The Warner Bros. Discovery executive said the company continues to attempt to address the “strategic question of, ‘Should news networks be advocacy networks, or should news networks be journalistic organizations?’ And it’s really a strategic choice, nothing good or bad. For CNN, the choice was, this should be — it is — the greatest journalistic organization in the world.”
Chris Cuomo: I Only Do Ads for Things I Use and Believe In
“Because if I’m using it, then obviously, I’m okay with it.”
NewsNation host Chris Cuomo is venturing to Substack, where listeners can access part of The Chris Cuomo Project on the platform. Cuomo notes the reason for putting his content on Substack is to give his audience an ad-free experience.
Furthermore, the former CNN host confessed to not liking ads and preferring free content. However, he understands that bills must be paid, and the team that helps him with his content needs to earn a living.
“I also have a lot of high regard for the people who team up with us and sponsor us,” Cuomo said recently on The Chris Cuomo Project. “And that’s why I only will do ads and do them gladly for things that I use and believe in. Because if I’m using it, then obviously, I’m okay with it.
“And it’s great that they want to pay because I have a team to do this. I am doing it for free. But there’s a team that I got to support and things I got to pay. And that’s the reality of the news business, right? And that’s the beauty of the ad sponsorships.”
Listeners consuming Cuomo’s podcast on Substack will get a different program. He hopes to give them deep and meaningful access in an attempt to shift from the traditional journalism framework as Cuomo forms a relationship with the audience.