CNN+ is nearing its debut, and the network continues to make moves behind the scenes this time, they announced, per Adweek, several new executive producers and content leaders are joining the CNN+ team.
Javier de Diego joins the streaming platform as he’s now the executive producer to Chris Wallace’s show, “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?”
De Diego has been with CNN for 14 years, serving as a senior broadcast producer for The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer and supervising producer for The Lead with Jake Tapper.
After her ten-year stint as a CBS News executive, Eva Nordstrom is returning to CNN. She’s now the new director of features and planning for CNN+, where Nordstrom will be the CNN+ ambassador to Domestic and International Newsgathering.
In her prior stint with the three-letter network, Nordstrom spent 15 years in different positions, including as a senior producer at American Morning and later as a senior producer for Anderson Cooper 360.
Vaughn Sterling is also taking over an executive producer role at CNN+, where he’ll oversee breaking news coverage on the streaming platform and Reliable Sources Daily, hosted by Brian Stelter.
Sterling joined CNN over 20 years ago as a video journalist. Since then, he’s held about every position at the company, from running prompter to working with the International Desk during the Iraq War and assisting in launching “The Situation Room.”
Finally, Ilyas Kirmani joins CNN+ following a 16-year stint at NBC News, serving as a managing editor, executive producer, and executive editor for NBC News in London. Kirmani will be the executive producer for “Cari & Jemele: Speak.Easy” and “The Don Lemon Show.”
New Texas Law Will Make It Illegal to Block, Ban Posts on Social Media Outlets
Texas lawmakers ruled last week that makes it illegal to block, ban, remove, deplatform, demonetize, and de-boost posts on social media platforms.
Texas lawmakers have put Big Tech on notice following a ruling last week that makes it illegal to block, ban, remove, deplatform, demonetize, and de-boost posts on social media platforms with 50 million or more US monthly users.
The 15-word ruling will most likely set the stage for an intense debate in the Supreme Court and could further divide a nation struggling to interpret free speech and the First Amendment.
According to MSN, Texas’s law, HB 20, which seeks to address the perceived imbalance, was blocked in December by a district court judge who ruled it was unconstitutional under the First Amendment.
Trade organizations NetChoice and the Computer Communications Industry Association have appealed directly to the Supreme Court, according to The Verge. In a statement, NetChoice counsel Chris Marchese said the law strips private online businesses of their speech rights.
“The First Amendment prohibits Texas from forcing online platforms to host and promote foreign propaganda, pornography, pro-Nazi speech, and spam,” he added.
The Texas attorney general’s that the appeals court made the right decision and said it would continue defending the Texas law.
Ted Sarandos to Staffers: Quit Netflix if You Find It Hard to Support Our Content
The Netflix CEO sent an internal memo discussing the diversity of its products and suggested that some content may conflict with people’s personal beliefs.
As streaming giant Netflix continues to hemorrhage subscribers, the company has reportedly told its employees to find a new job if they’re offended by some of the content that is being created.
According to Variety, CEO Ted Sarandos sent an internal memo discussing the diversity of its products and suggested that some content may conflict with people’s personal beliefs.
“Depending on your role, you may need to work on titles you perceive to be harmful,” the memo said. “If you’d find it hard to support our content breadth, Netflix may not be the best place for you.”
According to the company’s first-quarter earnings report, Netflix lost 200,000 subscribers during the January-March period. Some employees staged a walkout when Dave Chapelle railed against transgenderism. At that time, the company vowed not to silence its artists.
Sarandos reiterated that Netflix supports individualism and respects the principles and values of its subscribers.
“While every title is different, we approach them based on the same set of principles: We support the artistic expression of the creators we choose to work with; we program for a diversity of audiences and tastes; and we let viewers decide what’s appropriate for them, versus having Netflix censor specific artists or voices,” the memo added.
Elon Musk Committed to Buying Twitter Despite Deal Being on Hold
Elon Musk’s endeavor to purchase Twitter is temporarily on pause due to the pending investigation into the number of bots that comprise the social media outlet’s userbase.
“Twitter deal temporarily on hold pending details supporting calculation that spam/fake accounts do indeed represent less than 5% of users,” Musk tweeted on Friday.
Musk then added that he’s “still committed to acquisition” of the social media giant. Twitter had 229 million users who were served advertising in the first quarter.
The disclosure came days after Musk, who has agreed to a deal to buy Twitter for $44 billion, tweeted that one of his priorities would be to rid “spam bots” from the platform.
Also, Twitter shares declined 11-percent pre-market trading after Musk tweeted the Reuters article; however, shares for Tesla increased as much as 4.9-percent.