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CNN Chief Athan Stephanopoulos Steps Down, Alex MacCallum to Return

“I felt that now was the best time for me to step back from my role and move on to a new chapter.”

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A few days into 2024, several changes are coming to CNN. Athan Stephanopoulos is stepping down from his role as the network’s chief digital officer.

“In order to give [CNN head Mark Thompson] the freest hand possible to structure and shape the organization moving forward, I felt that now was the best time for me to step back from my role and move on to a new chapter,” Stephanopolous said in a memo to staffers.

In October 2022, Stephanopoulos became a key addition to CNN’s executive team, as former CNN head Chris Licht spearheaded a strategic infusion of top talent. 

Stephanopoulos took charge of the global digital business, leading initiatives in editorial, product development, technology, business operations, and innovation strategies.

Dylan Byers from Puck reports that Alex MacCallum is poised to become CNN’s new chief digital officer, replacing Stephanopoulos. MacCallum, formerly the head of product and general manager of CNN’s direct-to-consumer business (now CNN+), had temporarily taken on the role of CNN Digital chief after Andrew Morse’s departure. 

Although MacCallum has not officially accepted the position, Thompson is eager to have her join the team, viewing her as a crucial component of the new digital strategy.

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Greg Gutfeld Moves to Top of Cable News Ratings in February

In the 25-54 demographic, Gutfeld topped the cable news landscape with 325,000 viewers.

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Greg Gutfeld has long billed himself as the King of Late-Night. Now, he can bill himself as the king of cable news after his showing in the February ratings.

Gutfeld! — the Fox News late-night program — finished as the highest-rated program in all of cable news in the second month of 2024, averaging 2.2 million viewers for the month, according to Nielsen Media Research. Additionally, in the 25-54 demographic, Gutfeld topped the cable news landscape with 325,000 viewers.

Fox News garnered the top 13 slots in the demo, with The Five, Jesse Watters Primetime, Hannity, and The Ingraham Angle rounding out the top five.

In the late-night ratings, Gutfeld! narrowly defeated The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, which averaged 2.1 million viewers. Also, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon finished with 1.45 and 1.3 million viewers on average, during the month.

It is also worth noting that the Fox News program hosted by Greg Gutfeld now airs at 10 PM ET after the network’s shuffle following the high-profile departure of Tucker Carlson last year. The other late-night programs it is measured against all begin at 11:35 PM ET.

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CPAC Poll Shows Newsmax Most Trusted Cable News Outlet Among Attendees

Those surveyed were asked a bevy of questions, including what was the best way to “combat woke elites”, as well as questions about which big tech CEO was “doing the most to undermine America.”

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The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) was held last week, and McLaughlin & Associates conducted a poll asking attendees which cable news channel they trusted most. Newsmax was the victor by a wide margin.

Of the nearly 1,500 attendees surveyed, 49% said Newsmax was the outlet they “trust the most.” 15% said Fox News was their most trusted channel. 29% of those in attendance said they did not trust a cable news outlet, with CNN and MSNBC each receiving 1% of support.

Those surveyed were asked a bevy of questions, including what was the best way to “combat woke elites”, as well as questions about which big tech CEO was “doing the most to undermine America”, with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg compiling 55% of the vote.

In total, 1,478 conservative attendees were polled, with the company utilizing a PIN system to ensure there were no multiple votes or outside voting to impact the results of the survey.

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Nicolle Wallace Returns to MSNBC’s Deadline: White House

“It is so very, very, very good to be back with you. I have missed everyone.”

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After spending time away from her MSNBC program for maternity leave, Deadline: White House anchor Nicolle Wallace returned to the anchor desk Monday.

“Well hello there everybody. It’s 4 o’clock in New York. I’ve missed saying that. It is so very, very, very good to be back with you. I have missed everyone,” Wallace said to begin Monday’s show.

Wallace and her husband welcomed a daughter via surrogate in November. In her place, Alicia Menendez anchored the program.

The former George W. Bush administration official began hosting the show in 2017. The program was expanded to two hours in 2020, and is one of the network’s highest-rated offerings.

On Friday, Wallace revealed she would make her return Monday, adding that she will start a new feature during her show entitled “American Autocracy”, which “is something the whole country should be grappling with, because that is certainly the head of the Republican party is running on this time,” she told Menendez.

Deadline: White House airs weekdays at 4:00 PM ET on MSNBC.

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