New CNN boss Chris Licht has made it clear to his news team that partisan anchors will have to go. Licht is looking to bring CNN back towards the center, focusing more on straight news and fact-focused interviews.
Anchors who are unable to “adjust to a less partisan tone and strategy” could be removed from their posts, Axios reported, citing three sources familiar with the matter.
According to the New York Post, “The report did not mention whether any specific CNN anchors were under particular scrutiny – though it did note that Jim Acosta and Brian Stelter were among the personalities whose left-leaning viewpoints have drawn the ire of conservatives.”
“Acosta and Stelter engaged in frequent criticism of and clashes with Republicans during former President Donald Trump’s time in office.”
Last month, in a memo to staffers, Licht said “too many people have lost trust in news media,: and CNN will be “advocates for the truth” going forward.
“I think we can be a beacon in regaining that trust by being an organization that exemplifies the best characteristics of journalism: fearlessly speaking truth to power, challenging the status quo, questioning ‘group-think, and educating viewers and readers with straightforward facts and insightful commentary, while always being respectful of differing viewpoints.” Licht wrote.
— New York Post (@nypost) June 7, 2022