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David Zaslav: ‘This is a New CNN’ After Donald Trump Town Hall Announcement

“There are a number of advocacy networks out there. Our focus is to be a network, the best version of the facts…”

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An announcement earlier this week that former President Donald Trump would appear on CNN for a New Hampshire town hall event raised eyebrows. Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav is defending the network, and the move, amid pushback.

“The U.S. has a divided government. We need to hear both voices,” Zaslav said during an appearance on CNBC’s Squawk Box. “That’s what you see. Republicans are on the air on CNN, Democrats are on CNN. All voices should be heard on CNN.”

He then argued that with many news organizations looking to push political agendas, CNN shouldn’t be in that business.

“There are a number of advocacy networks out there. Our focus is to be a network, the best version of the facts, as the great Carl Bernstein would say, great journalism, and not just politics either,” “But when we do politics, we represent both sides. I think it’s important for America.”

When asked if the approach CNN could produce ratings in the current political and cable news landscape, Zaslav said ratings weren’t as important as finding balance in the CNN brand.

“We got a great political season coming. This is a new CNN. I’m proud of CNN. We’re on a great journey, and this country needs it. Journalism, facts, broad aperture…I believe in great brands. I believe in what Ted (Turner) created. It inspired me to get in this business. If you build a great brand, in a long time, you’ll have a lot more value…we’ve got a nice foundation, we’re focused on getting it right.”

When asked if CNN was an “advocacy network” under former CEO Jeff Zucker, Zaslav declined to answer.

Critics have argued that Trump’s role in the January 6th Insurrection, as well as his recent civil and criminal legal troubles, should preclude the network from propping up the candidate. However, at the interview’s conclusion, Zaslav argued that Trump is the Republican frontrunner, and the network has a duty to cover him like any other political candidate.

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Norah O’Donnell to Host CBS Evening News From Republican National Convention

CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell will originate from the Wisconsin city on Wednesday, July 17th, and Thursday, July 18th.

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As the Republican National Convention is scheduled to begin, CBS Evening News will be on location with Norah O’Donnell anchoring from Milwaukee.

CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell will originate from the Wisconsin city on Wednesday, July 17th, and Thursday, July 18th. On the first two days of the convention, the program will offer extensive coverage of the event with in-depth analysis and also the latest developments of the campaign of President Joe Biden.

O’Donnell will also anchor primetime coverage from 8-11 PM ET as former President Donald Trump is expected to accept the party’s nomination for President. Joining O’Donnell in primetime are chief political analyst John Dickerson, Face the Nation moderator Margaret Brennan, and chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes.

CBS News will feature extension coverage of the event. Tony Dokoupil will be on location for the network’s morning show. Other personnel covering the convention for the network include Weijia Jiang, Major Garrett, Robert Costa, Ed O’Keefe, Caitlin Huey-Burns, Jake Rosen, and Olivia Rinaldi.

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Greg Gutfeld Executive Producer: We Won’t Be Wall-to-Wall Republican National Convention Just Because We’re in Milwaukee

“If there’s the kind of pop culture stuff that we do in the back half, we’ll still do that.”

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Fox News is taking its entire primetime lineup to Milwaukee for the upcoming Republican National Convention. And while Greg Gutfeld will be on location, that doesn’t mean the convention will be the only topic of conversation.

Gutfeld! will air at 11 PM ET — an hour later than its usual time — during the convention to make way for a special news program hosted by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum.

But the late-night show will be in the Wisconsin city speaking with a panel of usual guests. And with that usual cast of characters means that the content of the program isn’t likely to change from its usual format.

“It’s people who Greg loves and has good chemistry with,” Executive Producer Tom O’Connor told TVNewser. “I don’t think it’ll be wall-to-wall RNC coverage for the whole hour, either. If there’s the kind of pop culture stuff that we do in the back half, we’ll still do that. That’s stuff that Greg always wants to talk about.”

O’Connor added that “It was an easy decision” to move Gutfeld! to Milwaukee for the Republican National Convention. He continued by noting that Greg Gutfeld being more comfortable as the host of the show allows for more on-location programs.

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Tucker Carlson Network App Coming to Smart TVs

“Our team has spent months developing the new TCN TV app, and it’s about to go live.”

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Tucker Carlson has been off TV since his April 2023 ouster from Fox News. That’s about to change with the launch of an app for his Tucker Carlson Network.

In an email to subscribers, the Tucker Carlson Network revealed “Our team has spent months developing the new TCN TV app, and it’s about to go live. When this app is released, you’ll be able to watch Tucker on your TV at any time.

The Tucker Carlson Network app will join a growing field of smart TV apps in recent months. Nearly every network news outlet has a free, ad-supported TV streaming app with products like NBC News Now, ABC Live, and the recently rebranded CBS News 24/7.

It is unclear if the new app will require a subscription to the network to watch the various video programs being produced by the former cable news host.

Currently, subscriptions to the platform cost $9 monthly or $72 for the entire year.

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