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Kaitlan Collins Named New CNN Primetime Host

The timeslot has been vacant since the network fired Chris Cuomo in December 2021.

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After much speculation, CNN has officially named Kaitlan Collins the new host of the network’s 9:00 PM ET program. The news was announced as part of Warner Bros. Discovery upfront event at The Theater at Madison Square Garden Wednesday morning.

“I’m very happy to let you know that Kaitlan Collins will be announced as the anchor of our 9pm hour during today’s Warner Bros. Discovery Upfront presentation,” CNN CEO Chris Licht wrote in a memo to employees Wednesday morning.

The timeslot has been vacant since the network fired Chris Cuomo in December 2021 after it was revealed he attempted to aid his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, after he was accused of sexual misconduct by staffers.

Collins has seen her profile grow in recent months. After being tabbed to host CNN This Morning alongside Poppy Harlow and the now-departed Don Lemon, Collins was the subject of rumors of behind-the-scenes tension with Lemon. The tension reportedly boiled over during a November episode where Lemon screamed at the 31-year-old for repeatedly talking over him during the day’s show. CNN claimed the report was “overblown” by the relationship between the anchors deteriorated before Lemon’s unceremonious firing in April.

Moderating the network’s New Hampshire town hall event with former President Donald Trump also saw Collins’ star grow. Reactions to her performance were mostly mixed along party lines, with conservatives angry at her line of questioning and near-constant fact-checking of the 45th president, while messages of support and understanding came in from more liberal media members after recognizing the difficult position she was in.

A report from Puck News hours before the New Hampshire town hall claimed that Collins had been offered a new contract by CNN CEO Chris Licht to host the primetime program. Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav has said “this is a new CNN” after the network meandered from its traditional down-the-middle news coverage during the Trump presidency. Under Zaslav’s and Licht’s direction, the network aims to return to its strictly newsgathering and reporting roots, with Collins’ new program aiming to cement that position.

The new program anchored by Collins will begin in June. No timetable has been set on naming a replacement for the network’s morning show.

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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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CBS News President Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews Exits

“We all know our industry and company are going through a transformation and a number of short- and long-term decisions need to be made.”

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After less than a year in the role, CBS News President Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews has departed the network in what is a reported cost-cutting measure.

Ciprian-Matthews informed employees Wednesday morning that she was vacating her role and will transition to serve as a “senior advisor” for coverage of the 2024 presidential race.

“Some may be asking why I’m announcing this now. We all know our industry and company are going through a transformation and a number of short- and long-term decisions need to be made,” Ciprian-Matthews wrote in a memo, according toVariety. “ I do not want to be disingenuous with any of you about who should drive these decisions. I’ve always leaned into my integrity and my values, and I felt it was important to be transparent at this juncture about my plans.”

She stepped into the role vacated by Neeraj Khemlani, who exited last year amid allegations that he was verbally abusive toward female colleagues.

Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews’ exit coincides with recent reports that Paramount Global — the parent company of CBS — was merging with Skydance Media as part of an $8 billion deal.

Should the role of CBS News President be filled, the hire will be the fourth person to claim that title since 2021.

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