Stelter’s show, Reliable Sources, was canceled by the network amidst new leadership’s attempts to make CNN seem less biased against Republicans. Stelter bemoaned the decision during his final send-off this month, claiming a “strange situation” led to his firing.
“This small but mighty show punched above its weight for so many years,” Stelter said. “Even a former president commented on the cancellation.”
The free world needs a reliable source. pic.twitter.com/6fNACPNMUu
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) August 21, 2022
Instead of replacing Stelter’s show, CNN decided to air a rerun of Phillips’s show, which normally runs at 8 a.m. on Sundays.
— Brent Baker 🇺🇦 (@BrentHBaker) August 28, 2022
As of right now, CNN has not decided what to do with the empty timeslot.
“There are a number of programs in the concept and development phases, and it’s possible media coverage will be an element of a show,” a network insider told The Wrap, “but no indication that an exclusively media beat show is part of the plan.”
CNN’s new CEO Chris Licht has been trying to inject more balance into its programming. He has reportedly told network employees that he wants anchors to avoid “talking down” to people who hold views different than their own, and shows to host panel discussions that are informative, not dominated by extreme points of views.