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CNN for Sale — Again?



Knowledge Nuggets:

  • Rumors hint at Warner Bros. Discovery selling CNN in the near future, with former CEO Jeff Zucker possibly interested in acquiring the network.
  • Zucker sees an opportunity to revitalize CNN ahead of the 2024 presidential election, aiming to reverse the declining ratings and ad revenue.
  • Warner Bros. Discovery CEO, David Zaslav, may also consider merging CNN with CBS, if CBS News is jettisoned due to a potential merger between Comcast and Paramount.

As the media industry churns, the buzz of Warner Bros. Discovery potentially selling off CNN has been getting louder.

Among potential buyers, the name of former CNN CEO Jeff Zucker is being whispered in the corridors of power.

Zucker was removed from his role at CNN in early 2022, due to an undisclosed relationship with a former CNN colleague.

Nonetheless, sources close to Zucker suggest he is interested in reacquiring the network, sensing a unique chance to turn around its falling ratings and dwindling ad revenue before the 2024 elections.

However, the scenario isn’t straightforward. Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav is also considering other options for CNN.

There are rumors of an upcoming merger between Comcast and Paramount which, if it happens, would likely cause CBS News to be on the chopping block due to antitrust violations.

If such a scenario materializes, Warner Bros. Discovery might eye a potential merger of CNN and CBS News under its umbrella.

Despite the speculations, no official comments have been made by the concerned parties.

But these swirling rumors indicate a time of potential upheaval in the media landscape, with key players jostling for position as they seek to reshape their businesses for the future.


Clear Thoughts

I view the potential sale of CNN with an intrigued eye. It’s no secret that the network’s ratings have been on a downward slope for a while.

However, the speculation of former CEO Jeff Zucker returning to helm the ship is what intrigues me.

If something doesn’t work, just try it again. If you’re crazy that seems like a good plan.

The truth is that CNN is a corpse; a zombie network- the living dead of a media that is long past it’s prime.

There is no saving the network and no point trying. Just like when Napster appeared; and the entire music industry collapsed, so too will the modern social media landscape put a stake in the vampiric heart of corporate media titans like CNN.

Mark my words, CNN will NEVER regain it’s former glory…

But like all zombies, it will likely hobble around for years to come.


1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. Crossram

    June 27, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    I think Zucker should buy CNN let him lose all his money.

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