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WarnerMedia Implements a “Hiring Freeze” at CNN

The company will greenlight hirings that are “deemed critical to the network’s business operations” are going to proceed without any interruption.

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CNN has made several hires both on and off camera leading up to the launch of their streaming service, CNN+, which debuts next week. Furthermore, the network finds itself on the receiving end of a $125 million lawsuit by former anchor Chris Cuomo.

Also, the transition in leadership from former CNN President Jeff Zucker to incoming Chris Licht is causing the cable news channel’s parent company, WarnerMedia, to step back on its future. 

The Daily Beast’s Source Material newsletter, which Barret News Media obtained, reports that WarnerMedia bosses have installed a hiring freeze throughout the company, including at CNN, until the Discovery/Warner deal is finalized. 

However, the company will greenlight hirings that are “deemed critical to the network’s business operations” are going to proceed without any interruption. Furthermore, the report states that Licht was having dinner with Wendy McMahon, the current president and co-head of CBS News in Manhattan. 

As a result, the newsletter speculates what type of hirings Licht has in mind when the “freeze” is lifted, considering the incoming president is likely to begin molding CNN into his vision. 

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FuboTV, TelevisaUnivision Agree to New Carriage Deal

The terms of the agreement were not made public, but FuboTV and TelevisaUnivision will maintain their partnership on the streaming service for the foreseeable future. 

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FuboTV subscribers who consume Univision’s slate of news programs will be breathing relief this Friday. After their contract expired on June 30th and both sides played hardball, issuing statements regarding their agreement talks, both sides have reached a carriage deal.

“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with FuboTV that will continue to deliver Univision’s networks to customers and provide Hispanic viewers access to the most-watched Spanish-language news, sports and entertainment programming in America,” TelevisaUnivision said

“We recognize FuboTV’s commitment to serving this growing and influential audience with the programming they love, and we look forward to continued partnership.  

The terms of the agreement were not made public, but FuboTV and TelevisaUnivision will maintain their partnership on the streaming service for the foreseeable future. 

“FuboTV has reached a new agreement with Univision. We are delighted to continue our partnership with the world’s leading Spanish-language media company to bring their popular sports, news and entertainment content to our market-leading Latino package at a reasonable cost to our customers,” the streaming service said in a press release

Univision, UniMas, Galavision, and TUDN networks carried by FuboTV and news programs such as Noticiero Univision and Noticiero Univision: Edición digital are stables for network. 

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CBC News Launching 24/7 Streaming Service

The National’s Andrew Chang will serve as the host of a daily show as its flagship program.

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As many news media companies dive into the streaming service world in the United States, those outside our borders are beginning to follow suit. Canada’s CBC News announced is launching a free, ad-supported streaming channel in the fall.

Furthermore, the public media company stated that The National‘s Andrew Chang will serve as the host of a daily show as its flagship program. Chang is stepping back from The National in August as part of this change.

With Chang exiting his role, co-anchor Adrienne Arsenault is taking over hosting duties from Monday to Thursday. 

“It will include things like The National and other original programs like The Fifth Estate and Marketplace,” CBC News editor-in-chief Brodie Fenlon said. 

“It will include bundled stories that appear across the country and are put together around certain themes and will include some original programs.”

The upcoming service from the CBC will be available to stream 24/7. 

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Former Black News Channel Exec Chloe Jones Joins CBS News

Before her stint with BNC, Jones went from production assistant to senior producer while holding positions at CNN, Fox News and Fox Business, and MSNBC.

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Former Black News Channel executive producer Chloe Jones will be joining CBS News Streaming as a senior executive producer, where she’s overseeing morning-through-midday programming.

Before her stint with BNC, Jones went from production assistant to senior producer while holding positions at CNN, Fox News and Fox Business, and MSNBC. Furthermore, Jones isn’t the only person with a new role at CBS News. 

Tanya Mills was promoted to senior executive producer overseeing afternoon-through-evening programming for the AVOD service. Before joining CBS News, Mills spent time at Turkish English-language broadcaster TRT World and Al Jazeera America.

“Chloe and Tanya take on these new roles as we continue to focus on serving our audience with live, up-to-date news coverage throughout the day,” CBS News Streaming SVP Anthony Galloway said in a note to staff, per TV Newser

“While our marquee live shows will continue to serve as destinations in our programming schedule, having two senior leaders working across the entire day will allow us to think more holistically about our news coverage and better align our programming to meet our audience’s always-on expectation.”

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