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Former CNN Anchor Bernard Shaw Dies

The first chief anchor in the network’s history, Shawn retired from CNN in 2001 after more than 20 years with the network.

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Former CNN anchor Bernard Shaw died yesterday after a short battle with non-COVID related pneumonia, the network reports.

The first chief anchor in the network’s history, Shawn retired from CNN in 2001 after more than 20 years with the network.

“CNN’s beloved anchor and colleague, Bernard Shaw, passed away yesterday at the age of 82. Bernie was a CNN original and was our Washington Anchor when we launched on June 1st, 1980,” CNN Chairman and CEO Chris Licht said in a statement Thursday. “He was our lead anchor for the next twenty years from anchoring coverage of presidential elections to his iconic coverage of the First Gulf War live from Baghdad in 1991. Even after he left CNN, Bernie remained a close member of our CNN family providing our viewers with context about historic events as recently as last year. The condolences of all of us at CNN go out to his wife Linda and his children.”

Funeral services will be closed to only family and invited guests, the family said. A public memorial will be held at a later date.

“As a journalist, he demanded accuracy and fairness in news coverage,” said former CNN CEO Tom Johnson. “He earned the respect of millions of viewers around the world for his integrity and independence. He resisted forcefully any lowering of ethical news standards or any compromise of solid news coverage. He always could be trusted as a reporter and as an anchor,” Johnson said.

Shaw was 82.

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Dr. Jennifer Ashton Leaving ABC News to Launch New Company

Dr. Jennifer Ashton said that she received the support of ABC News President Kim Godwin and Networks Division leader Debra OConnell.

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ABC News is losing its Chief Medical Correspondent and co-host of GMA3, Dr. Jennifer Ashton.

When her contract expires in June, Ashton will leave the network to launch a new women’s wellness company, Ajenda, where she will serve as the CEO.

“Sometimes an important message needs the right messenger, and I feel like there is no more critical time in this country for women’s health, and for weight management,” Ashton told The Hollywood Reporter. “We’re facing an obesity epidemic, and menopause and perimenopause and women’s health is literally in a spotlight like never before. And I want to be the messenger for those messages.

“And so I’m excited about finally having the opportunity to just devote 100 percent of my time and effort into that, and using the skills that I’ve learned from being at the number one network for 13 years, I think are going to be really vital in that.”

Dr. Jennifer Ashton added that she received the support of ABC News President Kim Godwin and Networks Division leader Debra OConnell.

“They both said to me, ‘Is there anything we can do to change your mind?’ And when I said there really isn’t, because I really feel strongly about doing this, they basically said you know, ‘we’re going to be behind you.’ And I think that’s really unusual in this business in this day,” she said.

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CNN CEO Mark Thompson: We Have ‘Plenty of Things to Fix’

“The rate at which people have been and probably will continue to cut the cord and not look at cable TV at all is a far, far greater strategic threat than the finer points of competition between individual cable channels.”

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To say Mark Thompson’s time at CNN has been anything but eventful would be an understatement. He has presided over several interesting moments and endeavors and admits there are still things to work on.

In a conversation with the Financial Times, Thompson said “There are plenty of things we have to fix at CNN,” as the network sits in third place behind competitors Fox News and MSNBC.

Mark Thompson was tabbed by Warner Bros. Discovery to lead the network forward after resurrecting The New York Times with a digital focus, something he hopes to implement at CNN.

“The idea that there might be digital subscription is a serious possibility,” Thompson said of CNN’s potential future, adding “I think it’s quite likely that we’ll end up there.”

While many view the success of Fox News, MSNBC, and even the up-start Newsmax as challengers for CNN, Mark Thompson pointed to a different challenge as the biggest threat to the survival and success of the network.

“Do we want to get more competitive in cable TV and by strengthening our schedules? Yes, we do,” he said. “But the rate at which people have been and probably will continue to cut the cord and not look at cable TV at all is a far, far greater strategic threat than the finer points of competition between individual cable channels.”

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CNBC Celebrates 35th Anniversary

What started as a U.S. operation has grown to several different divisions as CNBC holds branches in both Europe and Asia, and also has other international affiliates.

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On April 17th, 1989, the Consumer News and Business Channel signed on the air. Today, CNBC is marking its 35th anniversary.

The business news channel is celebrating its long cable news history today. A montage of highlights from the “biggest moments” was published in a video to X.

The outlet’s roots trace back to the Satellite Program Network which debuted in 1989, before later changing its name to Tempo Television. NBC decided to launch the business venture in 1989 in a 50/50 partnership alongside Cablevision with a headquarters located in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

After struggling to get carriage throughout the country, the network purchased the Financial News Network, which had more than double the reach of CNBC in 1991 after FNN filed for Bankruptcy.

At the time of the purchase, CNBC hired roughly 60 of the 300 FNN employees, including Joe Kernen, who still helms the channel’s popular Squawk Box morning show.

What started as a U.S. operation has grown to several different divisions as CNBC holds branches in both Europe and Asia, and also has other international affiliates.

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