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CNN Top Programming Executive Leaving at the End of the Year

CNN Top Programming Executive Leaving at the End of the Year

More changes at CNN.

Mike Bass, CNN’s top programming executive, has decided to leave the network at the end of the year.

Bass decided to leave on his own instead of new CEO Chris Licht laying him off. From the memo Licht sent around:

I’m writing to let you know that Michael Bass has made the decision to leave CNN at the end of this year. Throughout his nearly decade-long run at this organization, Michael has demonstrated incredible leadership and perseverance. He has been a steady hand during some of the most turbulent times this network has faced.

Bass joined CNN in 2013 after working at NBC and CBS. He became close to former CEO Jeff Zucker at NBC.

Licht has changed much at CNN since taking over to make the network more non-partisan. He also announced more layoffs by the end of the year. That news has spooked people.

That’s why I wonder if Bass is really leaving on his own accord or if it’s a deal with Licht.

Licht quickly cut Jake Tapper’s primetime show. He will stay in his afternoon slot on The Lead.

Leftist Don Lemon lost his primetime show and moved to the morning. The morning show has not done well for CNN, and the revamped show isn’t fairing well either.

Jeffrey Toobin, who got caught spending time with himself on Zoom, announced his departure in August.

Licht canceled the show Reliable Sources and host Brian Stelter left the network in August.


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All this dissolution, and yet it’s merely ablative.
Despite it all the heart of the left’s projectile is still proceeding directly at us.

    JohnSmith100 in reply to henrybowman. | November 21, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    “That’s why I wonder if Bass is really leaving on his own accord or if it’s a deal with Licht.”

    Was he hired specifically as a hatchet man. I had a couple of management jobs like that, where I went in and did all the bloodletting and ten someone else came in behind me to rebuild what was left. We worked in tandem. lots of people lost their jobs, while those who were left continued. Without our work the company would have gone bankrupt, and all would have been unemployed.

Honestly CNN could make a place for itself for the audience between MSNBC and Fox. MSNBC is already in position on the left with a lock down of progressives. Fox should IMO, move to embrace the populist right instead of their ‘populist curious’ approach. That would CNN to garner the middle ground of the not woke/progressive left and the not populist right. Which is where they used to reside. Trying to out whacko MSNBC in competing for the same audience share/demo isn’t gonna work.

    gonzotx in reply to CommoChief. | November 21, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    Lol you jest sir!

    Fox has made a decision years ago that the conservatives are not their cup of tea, RINOs are their cup of tea

    Paul Ryan , Bret Bair , Wallace, Shep, Donna Brazil, Geraldo, on and on

    Murdocks son, Lachlan, (James, extremely hates Trump and all republicans) the leader of Fox, also hates Trump, and has come out with his father that they literally hate him and will have done everything they can to defeat him

    Yes I know some of the Fox news people are gone but there are tons more to take their place

      JohnSmith100 in reply to gonzotx. | November 21, 2022 at 9:52 pm

      What about Tucker, I like him, but little else on FOX.

      puhiawa in reply to gonzotx. | November 21, 2022 at 10:32 pm

      We watch Gutfeld and enjoy it. The Five is not bad either at our lunch.

      CommoChief in reply to gonzotx. | November 22, 2022 at 8:08 am


      I don’t consider myself a conservative. I consider myself a member of the populist right. Why? Our institutions and culture have been corrupted so I have no interest in conserving them as they currently exist. With very few exceptions I want to reform them not preserve them in their current altered state so far from their origins and purpose.

I watched CNN when they covered the Gulf War. That was amazing and a very long time ago. I don’t even watch Fox News now. Too much commentary and too little news.

Good Riddance

Good riddance indeed!

The problem is we keep getting stuck with all these terrible on=airs and staff!

Dude, who does the hiring?