Rumors have been circulating for months that CNN’s new leadership is considering parting ways with anchor Brian Stelter. Now, it’s happening.
Fox News reports that CNN has decided to drop both Stelter and his show, Reliable Sources.
“CNN will end its ‘Reliable Sources’ program on Sunday, August 21st,” CNN announced. “As a result, Brian Stelter will leave the company. We appreciate his contributions to the network and wish him well as he embarks on new endeavors.”
Following CNN’s announcement, Stelter provided a statement to NPR in which he expressed his gratitude for being able, through his CNN program, to examine “the media, truth, and the stories that shape our world.”
“It was a rare privilege to lead a weekly show focused on the press at a time when it has never been more consequential,” Stelter said.
Stelter told NPR that he will provide a more detailed statement on the matter on Sunday during his final broadcast of Reliable Sources.
CNN has not explained its decision to fire Stelter. But, it’s pretty clear what is going on.
Warner Bros. Discovery is taking over CNN and with this takeover has come new leadership. CNN’s new leader is Chris Licht, and Licht has made it clear that he is looking to move CNN back toward the center away from the highly partisan reporting that has characterized the network for many years now.
One can only surmise, given the nature of Stelter’s reporting, that Licht viewed Stelter as part of the problem. But again, CNN has not confirmed this.
Stelter’s departure comes less than a week after it was reported that CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin is also leaving the network.
Toobin has tried to make it seem as though he made the decision himself. But, insiders are saying that Toobin was forced to leave by CNN’s new management. It certainly makes sense considering that Toobin has a scandal-ridden background and that CNN’s new management is looking to restore the network’s credibility.
Besides Stelter and Toobin, we have also seen the departures of former CNN president Jeff Zucker and former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo. Whether the network actually will be able to restore its credibility remains to be seen.