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Report: CNN+ Debuting in Last Week of March, Priced At $5.99 Per Month

The cable news channel will have CNN+ available in a package deal alongside HBO Max, much like Disney offers its flagship streaming service Disney+ with ESPN+ and Hulu.

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CNN’s streaming service, CNN+, is nearing its launch as it will go live this spring, and the price consumers are going to pay begins to surface. 

According to the Los Angeles Times, CNN+ is set to launch in the final week in March, but there’s no actual date yet. Furthermore, the report states that CNN will offer the service for $2.99 a month, a locked-in rate for life as long as the account is active. 

However, when that promotion expires, CNN+ will be available for $5.99 a month, the exact cost as Fox Nation, Fox News’ streaming platform. Eventually, CNN intends to offer a lower-priced version of CNN+ that will be advertiser-supported. 

Also, the cable news channel will have CNN+ available in a package deal alongside HBO Max, much like Disney offers its flagship streaming service Disney+ with ESPN+ and Hulu.

Last year, CNN invested $120 million and hired 400 new employees, including prominent on-air talents like Chris Wallace, Kasie Hunt, and former NPR star Audie Cornish. 

The Times also reports that two people familiar with the plans for the streaming service states CNN+ will likely cost several hundred million to operate this year. Nonetheless, the newspaper did add that a representative said it was under $100 million. 

Witnessing the development and launch of CNN+ was one of the key objectives for former president Jeff Zucker until he resigned early last month. His successor, Chris Licht, won’t begin until May.

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FOX Nation to Debut Veteran-Themed Shows Later This Month

FOX Nation will also be extending its “Grateful Nation initiative,” offering all active military members and veterans a free one-year subscription to FOX Nation.

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FOX Nation is set to debut its veteran-themed programming Sunday, May 26th. In a release, the network said it will air the 38th annual “America’s Top Ranger.” The competition pits some of America’s elite Army Rangers against one another in a grueling 70-mile obstacle course.

On Thursday, May 26th, the network will debut “The Unauthorized History of the Vietnam War” hosted by Bret Baier. The show will document how the Vietnam War left an indelible mark on a generation of Americans and changed the course of human events across the globe.

On Saturday, May 28th, “Heroes Honor Festival” will air from Daytona Beach, Florida. Country star Toby Keith will headline the event along with other musical artists.

On Sunday, May 29th, Bret Baier is back with a look at the most iconic ships of World War II in “Lost Ships of WWII.” The eight-part special will spotlight the director of undersea operations at Vulcan Inc. Rob Kraft and his team aboard the research vessel Petrel.

On Monday, May 30th, “The Story’s” Martha MacCallum dives into a series of stories and heroes you never knew from World War II in “Secret History of WWII.” The special will document America’s “Ghost Army”, Pearl Harbor and Japan’s code

FOX Nation will also be extending its “Grateful Nation initiative,” offering all active military members and veterans a free one-year subscription to FOX Nation.

Fox Nation’s Memorial Day Schedule: 

• America’s Top Ranger – Release Date: May 22nd

• The Unauthorized History of the Vietnam War – Release Date: May 26th

• Heroes Honor Festival – Event Date: May 28th

• Lost Ships of WWII – Release Date: May 29th

• Secret History of WWII –  Release Date: May 30th

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Edison Research Unveils Top 10 Podcast Network’s

Edison adds that their ranker measures reach the weekly podcasting listeners as a percentage.

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Edison Research has unveiled its Top Podcast Network chart for Q1 2022, with SiriusXM topping the Edison list ahead of Spotify and iHeartRadio. 

The Edison list rates the most popular podcast networks based on reach from Edison Podcast Metrics. Edison adds that their ranker measures reach the weekly podcasting listeners as a percentage.

“Edison Podcast Metrics is the only dataset that covers the entire U.S. podcast space,” Edison Research Director of Research Gabriel Soto said, per Radio Ink.  

“By surveying listeners and measuring their actual consumption, the data doesn’t depend on opt-ins from networks and isn’t subject to the various issues with counting downloads. These top networks offer a diverse range of shows that appeal broadly to listeners.”

Here are the top ten networks for the first quarter of 2022 ranked by Edison:

  1. SXM Media
  2. Spotify
  3. iHeartRadio
  4. NPR
  5. The New York Times
  6. Audioboom
  7. Audacy
  8. Cumulus Podcast Network
  9. Wondery
  10. PRX

“Rankings are compiled by measuring the total unduplicated reach of all the shows represented by a given network,” Soto added. 

“Listening is credited to the producer and/or the network that represents the advertising for the show, not the platform or app that the listener uses to access the podcast.”

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Twitter Will Enforce Merger on Elon Musk to Close the Deal

“The board and Mr. Musk agreed to a transaction at $54.20 per share,” Twitter’s board said to The Times.

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Elon Musk’s attempt to purchase hit a significant hurdle when the Tesla CEO stated that an agreement could not move forward without “proof” of a fake account estimate earlier revealed by the company. 

Now it seems Twitter will be ready to force the transaction with Musk to go through. According to The New York Times, Twitter’s board said Tuesday that it plans to “close the transaction and enforce the merger agreement” between the entrepreneur and social media giant. 

The board and Mr. Musk agreed to a transaction at $54.20 per share,” Twitter’s board said to The Times. “We believe this agreement is in the best interest of all shareholders. We intend to close the transaction and enforce the merger agreement.”

In a regulatory filing Tuesday, Twitter’s board recommended stakeholders in the company vote in favor of the agreement. 

Before stating that the deal couldn’t move forward on Monday, Musk said last week that the $44 billion arrangement to buy the company was “temporarily on hold” until CEO Parag Agrawal publicly proved that fewer than 5% of users are bots or spam accounts.

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