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CNN announced today that they will launch CNN+ in the first quarter of 2022 with 8-12 hours of original live content each day.

 

They are looking to hire 450 people in the next 6-9 months to support CNN Plus. 
 

https://variety.com/2021/digital/news/inside-cnn-plus-a-first-look-at-the-new-streaming-service-exclusive-1235022517/

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Yes. Because that's exactly what people want. A minimart version of CNN 🤦‍♂️

 

Cablenews is in the gutter for a reason so I have low expectations for CNN+. What am I going to get for a fee that I'm not gonna get for free (ie. Newsy, BBC, Sky, France24, etc)

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14 hours ago, Yankees4life said:

Yes. Because that's exactly what people want. A minimart version of CNN 🤦‍♂️

 

Cablenews is in the gutter for a reason so I have low expectations for CNN+. What am I going to get for a fee that I'm not gonna get for free (ie. Newsy, BBC, Sky, France24, etc)

 

Plus FOX News has FOX Nation, which is the same type of thing.

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I wonder if they'll move or at least simulcast Morning Express w/ Robin Meade on it. I don't know why it's still on what is now a true crime channel. If they move it to CNN+, it'll fill a few of the 8-12 hours of live programming they promise, and HLN can finally become the full-time murder porn channel they desperately want to be. 

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Wouldn’t be surprised if HLN goes the way of NBCSN and Morning Express becomes a CNN+ flagship show. Forensic files and other shows move over to TruTV or sold to networks like Oxygen and Discovery ID 

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1 hour ago, Drew said:

Wouldn’t be surprised if HLN goes the way of NBCSN and Morning Express becomes a CNN+ flagship show. Forensic files and other shows move over to TruTV or sold to networks like Oxygen and Discovery ID 

I spoke about this briefly with @dman748 and believe that once the Warner/Discovery deal closes, HLN could very well be replaced with an US version of Eurosport, which is owned by Discovery.

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You guys beat me to it.

I assumed CNN's plan was to move MXP to CNN+, they could air the main 4 hours live (til 10A ET) and then air 1 or 2 hours of the "updated" version like HLN use to do with the show pre pandemic. Jennifer Westhoven (covers business), Mesllisa Knowles (covers entertainment) could either host their own shows or contribute to others. HLN recently started new promos celebrating Robin Meade's 20th year anchoring a national morning newscast, touting it's long history and friendly, familiar faces, that could help promote a move to CNN+. One more thing, True Crime Live with Mike Galanos hasn't been on since early last year and Lynn Smith who hosted On The Story left the network and news all together recently after her show was sidelined as well.

 

Could WarnerMedia turn HLN into Turner's designated sports channel (mainly in primetime) now that they have the NHL? Considering HLN is in over 91.1 million households (more than 94.9 percent of pay television subscribers) in the United States, making it the most distributed American subscription network. I'm not saying go full on NBCSN style, but if they are looking for more viewers it's not a bad idea to put it on a channel everyone has. Although leaving it the murder-obsessed channel is it will make them plenty of money. 

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My bet is that CNN+ is going to be more inline with Peacock than any other streaming service. 
 

I bet we can expect to see a main streaming channel with live content, as well as other channels that will run CNN’s special and docuseries. Then there will be a Netflix like gallery of content. 

 

 

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Wolf Blitzer will anchor a primetime program titled The Newscast with Wolf Blitzer.

 

According to the network, it will be “hitting the headlines you need to know on this traditional evening news show with a sleek, modern twist. The old-school nostalgic approach featuring original reporting from around the world, investigations, and consumer focused stories that matter help put the latest headlines in perspective.”

 

He will continue anchor The Situation Room on CNN proper.

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