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 July 30, 2023

Top CNN anchor quits amid network's ratings struggles

After over two decades with CNN, Christine Romans has announced her departure from the network. 

For those unfamiliar with Romans, she has been CNN's chief business correspondent as well as the anchor of CNN's Early Start. She's been with the network for 24 years, since 1999.

Now, however, Romans is moving on - perhaps to greener pastures. She announced her departure on Friday, in an on-air sendoff.

"I’ve decided it’s time for a new chapter," a happy-looking Romans said.

She continued:

It has been a pleasure waking up early for you for so many years to get your morning started. I love CNN dearly. I have loved my 24-year run here . . . I am full of gratitude for my CNN family. It is a family. Everybody here are my friends. And I am excited for the challenges ahead.

The question, of course, is "Why now?"

The Daily Caller notes, "The network’s veteran is leaving after a significant drop in ratings, mass layoffs, and the firing of Chris Licht in early June, the network’s former president."

Nonetheless, Variety, citing insiders, claims that none of this had any bearing on Romans' departure.

"People familiar with the network characterize the decision as the anchor’s own, and not tied directly to any of the recent cost-cutting measures Warner Bros. Discovery has enacted in recent months," Variety reports.

So, "What is next for Romans?" you may ask. According to Variety, she may be jumping ship to NBC News.

"[Romans] is leaving and likely to land at NBC News in an as-yet-unannounced role, according to two people familiar with the matter," the outlet reports, adding, "NBC News declined to make executives available for comment. Roman’s new role could make use of her deep background in business and financial journalism."

Variety goes on to note that Romans would not be the first CNN anchor to make this jump.

The case of Ana Cabrera is one example. Cabrera recently joined MSNBC after being a daytime anchor for CNN. Laura Jarrett, a former CNN Early Start co-anchor, also has left MSNBC for CNN.

It does appear that, as CNN heads toward complete collapse, MSNBC is scooping up whoever it thinks may be profitable to scoop up. To further put things into perspective, the Daily Caller reports:

[CNN] faced its lowest-rated year among the 25-54 age demographic since 1992. Its Election Day coverage, which has historically been a major success, largely trailed behind Fox News and MSNBC in 2022.

Written By:
Robert Ayers

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