Charlotte, NC — Praise the Lord for small miracles! Beginning in March, passengers in airports across America will no longer be forced to watch CNN on TV screens as they wait for their flights as the network plans to discontinue its CNN Airport Network, in part due to the coronavirus pandemic.
CNN’s president, Jeff Zucker, announced this outstanding news on Tuesday in a memo to staff saying there had been a “steep decline” in need for the network since air travel is down due to the coronavirus pandemic, the New York Post reported.
“The steep decline in airport traffic because of COVID-19, coupled with all the new ways that people are consuming content on their personal devices, has lessened the need for the CNN Airport Network,” Zucker wrote. “Having to say goodbye to such a beloved brand is not easy … I am sure most of us have a story to tell about which airport we were at when we first learned of a major news event.”
CNN launched its Airport Network nearly 30 years ago, in January 1992. As the Post reported, it “is aired in 58 airports across the US and it includes 24/7 news programming from CNN and HLN, as well as entertainment programming from sister channels such as Cartoon Network, TBS and HBO.”
The suffering will end on March 31 when the Airport Network will sign off for the final time.
Deadline has reported that it is currently unclear how many employees might be affected by ending the Airport Network or whether those employees will migrate to CNN proper or be dismissed.
Vanity Fair reported back in November 2020 that Zucker was contemplating exiting from the heavily criticized network through the Trump administration for its glaring anti-Trump bias.
“The timetable still hasn’t been confirmed, but there’s talk in the upper ranks of WarnerMedia that Zucker is expected to leave CNN in the first quarter of 2021, according to someone familiar with the matter. It wouldn’t happen before the inauguration, sources said, and one person close to Zucker cautioned that nothing’s a done deal and ‘a final decision has not been made.’ Zucker has more than a year left on his current contract, I can confirm. He last re-signed late in the spring of 2018, as I reported at the time, in a deal that locked him in through the election,” Vanity Fair reported.
What was only news to Democrats and CNN employees, Zucker finally admitted the “news” outlet would see a drastic collapse in its ratings without President Donald Trump in the White House.
“People say all the time, ‘Oh, I don’t want to talk about Trump. I’ve had too much Trump,’” Zucker told the outlet. “And yet at the end of the day, all they want to do is talk about Trump. We’ve seen that, anytime you break away from the Trump story and cover other events in this era, the audience goes away. So we know that, right now, Donald Trump dominates.”
It is worth noting that Zucker is not a complete failure as a leader since he famously greenlit the wildly popular show “The Apprentice” back in 2004 when Zucker previously worked at NBC.
Zucker famously greenlit “The Apprentice,” back in 2004 when he previously worked at NBC. Fans of the show and millions of President Donald Trump’s supporters should give credit where credit is due and thank Zucker for permanently putting Trump on the mapmaking him a reality TV star. This is just one of the many accolades the 45th President of the United States has achieved during his time in the public eye.
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