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Journalists Slam CNN+ For ‘Lack of Diversity’

'This lack of representation is not only disrespectful to our diverse community, but also disregards the well-qualified Latino talent pool within the organization... '

(Headline USA) A group of Hispanic journalists slammed CNN this week for the “lack of diversity” in its new lineup of hosts for its streaming service, CNN+.

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists said in a statement that it was “appalled by the lack of Latino journalists” hired to host programs on CNN+, which launches later this month.

“This lack of representation is not only disrespectful to our diverse community, but also disregards the well-qualified Latino talent pool within the organization,” the organization said.

“We expect [CNN President] Chris Licht to do better to ensure that CNN hosts delivering the news reflect the communities they cover, and that diverse candidates are given equal opportunity.” 

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CNN revealed its full list of personalities set to host programs and features on CNN+. This list includes well-known CNN faces such as Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer, and Don Lemon. New hosts include former Fox News host Chris Wallace, Audie Cornish, and Jemele Hill.

Eva Longoria, a Hispanic actress, is also joining CNN+ to host an original series called “Eva Longoria: Searching for Mexico.” 

CNN cited Longoria’s hire as evidence that it plans to unroll “a very diverse lineup.”

“We continue to have discussions with journalists across the industry around opportunities at CNN+ and look forward to announcing more diverse shows, talent and content offerings soon,” a network spokesperson said in a statement.

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CNN has been in turmoil over the past month after its former president, Jeff Zucker, was forced to resign because of an inappropriate affair with another network executive.

One of its top hosts, Chris Cuomo, was also fired last year after it was revealed he used his position to help his disgraced brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, deal with sexual assault allegations.

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