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CNN PR Executives Ousted Amid Fallout of The Atlantic Exposé

The announcement that Dornic and Coratti Kelly are leaving the organization comes just hours after it was revealed that Licht would no longer be leading the organization.

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Reverberations from The Atlantic’s feature story on now-former CNN CEO Chris Licht continue to be felt.

After Licht’s ouster Wednesday morning, it has been revealed that CNN Senior Vice President of Communications and Event Marketing Matt Dornic and CNN Global Head of Communications and Marketing Kristine Coratti Kelly have both also departed the network.

Dornic was prominently featured in Tim Alberta’s exposé on the “meltdown” at CNN, and was seen as an integral figure in giving Alberta as much access as he was allowed during his nearly yearlong assignment getting a behind-the-scenes look at Licht’s attempt to build a “new CNN”.

The announcement that Dornic and Coratti Kelly are leaving the organization comes just hours after it was revealed that Licht would no longer be leading the organization. After being hired as Jeff Zucker’s replacement in late February 2022, Licht helmed the cable outlet during one of the more tumultuous periods in its history.

The news of Dornic and Coratti Kelly’s departure was first reported by Puck News’ Dylan Byers.

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Greg Gutfeld: Debate Partnership Between Fox and Univision A Disaster

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After the second 2024 Republican Presidential debate Wednesday, many questioned the inclusion of Univision’s Ilia Calderón as a moderator. Greg Gutfeld of Fox News — who produced the debate — is in that camp. 

“My problem with the debate wasn’t really the candidates at all, because the outcomes you get are created by the design. And Fox joining Univision, perhaps, was the worst partnership I’ve ever seen since Bud Light hired Dylan Mulvaney,” Gutfeld joked during The Five Thursday.

“I mean, you have a host unload a litany of clichés, whose premise is, we challenge successfully every day, and yet they were treated as approved truths. She had no follow-up to each one, which was weird, so it was like a deliberate list prepared by the DNC to tweak the candidates and to tweak the audience. It didn’t feel like a journalism debate to me. It felt like The View without pastries.”

Gutfeld’s comments came after he commended Fox News anchor Dana Perino for her performance during the debate.

“I did not envy you,” Gutfeld said. “I was watching it. You were pretty much shouldering the load for two hours, and you didn’t break a sweat. It was amazing.”

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Erika Josephson Named Executive Producer for NBC News Daily

On Thursday afternoon, Janelle Rodriguez, the executive in charge of NBC News Now, shared a behind-the-scenes update. 

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NBC News Daily will have a new executive producer as Erika Josephson takes over the position. Josephson comes from within the NBCUniversal umbrella, working as a senior producer on the program from MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports

On Thursday afternoon, Janelle Rodriguez, the executive in charge of NBC News Now, shared a behind-the-scenes update. 

Before taking on the executive producer role on the show hosted by Kate Snow and Zinhle Essamuah, Josephson also served as a line and segment producer at MSNBC and spent seven years at CBS News, producing news and feature pieces.

Furthermore, Josephson started on the assignment desk at NBC News and later became a producer for Weekend Today and Today.

There’s been plenty of movement at NBC News, as the network is reportedly teaming up with Salem Media Group to host a 2024 Republican presidential debate later this year.

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CNN Scores 10 News Emmy Award Wins

The network took home 10 wins on the night, setting a new record for itself in the process.

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The first night of the 44th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards was held Wednesday, and CNN was the big winner of the evening.

The network took home 10 wins on the night, setting a new record for itself in the process.

Additionally, longtime CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his distinguished career in news media. The network’s Washington Bureau Chief and Senior Vice President Sam Feist presented the award to Blitzer.

CNN won categories of Live Breaking News Coverage and Continuing News Coverage: Short Form for its reporting on the war in Ukraine. Additionally, Anderson Cooper 360 won three awards for Investigative News Coverage: Short Form, Hard News Feature Story: Short Form, and Live Interview: Short Form.

Christiane Amanpour was awarded the honor for Outstanding Live Interview: Long Form for her work with Russian Presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov.

Selina Wang took home the award for Outstanding Emerging Journalists.

Meanwhile, the network also won honors for Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Graphic Design and Art Direction.

The second night of the awards ceremony will take place this evening and will center upon documentaries.

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