CNN’s new ownership group has disrupted the corrupt corporate media company with an absolute wrecking-ball mentality. Determined to shake the image of abject partisan reportage, the latest long-time anchor announced her departure amidst the volatile changes.
Ana Cabrera, a veteran of ten years at the cable news network who most recently hosted CNN’s eponymous Newsroom, shared in a statement that she would be leaving the company in order to “embrace new challenges and opportunities.”
“My heart is full of gratitude for the incredible opportunities I’ve had at CNN to serve our viewers and to work alongside extraordinary journalists,” Cabrera said. “CNN has been like a family. I love my colleagues and believe in the mission of the organization. But after nearly a decade at CNN, I’m making the personal decision to explore a new professional chapter. Time to embrace new challenges and opportunities.”
“I’m firmly committed to my work as a journalist in the next stage of my career. But for now, I look forward to hitting pause and spending some extra time with my family,” she continued.
Deadline reported that Cabrera’s hiatus from network television could possibly be short lived.
It is rumored that she is “eyeing a role at NBCUniversal,” the report suggested. It went on to note that despite the fervent firings witnessed in recent months – notable among them Brian Stelter, Chris Cuomo, Jim Acosta, and others, as well as the demotion of Don Lemon – that Cabrera’s departure was not related to such housecleaning and that she left of her own volition.
Cabrera is one of the lucky few. The Daily Beast wrote that the latest round of layoffs included several other prominent names, headlined by editor-at-large Chris Cillizza. The Daily Beast added:
CNN also parted ways with correspondents Alison Kosik, Alexandra Field, and Martin Savidge, as well as Mary Anne Fox, the VP of northeast news. Furthermore, CNN will end all live programming on sister network HLN, resulting in the cancellation of the long-running morning program Morning Express. The show’s anchor, Robin Meade, who has been with the network since 2001, and other HLN hosts will lose their jobs.
Additionally, the network has also parted ways with several paid on-air contributors, reportedly including New Yorker staff writer Susan Glasser and Politico reporter Jonathan Martin.
CNN BLOODBATH: Network fires Chris Cillizza and correspondents Alison Kosik, Alex Field, host Martin Savidge and Robin Meade in ruthless round of layoffshttps://t.co/AmonXfe26t
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) December 2, 2022
CNN chief Chris Licht had given employees a heads up that the network’s ongoing image and personnel changes were far from over. In a statement released to coincide with the most recent announcements, he said that a structural reconfiguration was still in the works.
CNN will be “shifting our approach to paid contributors,” Licht said. He added that “programming teams will see some reductions in show staffs and, in some cases, the combination of teams for our dayside and weekend lineups.”
Acknowledging the spate of layoffs, firings, demotions, and other changes, Licht then said:
“To our departing colleagues, I want to express my gratitude for your dedicated and tireless service and for your many contributions to CNN. To all employees, I want to underscore the importance of taking the time you need to best be able to move forward.”
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