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Jack Dorsey: It Was My Decision to Resign as Twitter CEO

Dorsey’s resignation takes effect immediately and he’ll be replaced by CTO Parag Agrawal.

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey abruptly resigned from the company citing his belief that the company is ready to move on from its founders. 

According to CNBC, Dorsey’s resignation takes effect immediately and he’ll be replaced by CTO Parag Agrawal.

“My trust in Parag as Twitter’s CEO is deep. His work over the past 10 years has been transformational,” Dorsey tweeted. “I’m deeply grateful for his skill, heart, and soul. It’s his time to lead.”

Dorsey founded Twitter and was forced out as CEO in 2008. He returned as CEO in 2015 when Dick Costolo departed.

“I want you all to know that this was my decision and I own it,” he tweeted. “It was a tough one for me, of course. I love this service and company, and all of you so much. I’m really sad, yet really happy. There aren’t many companies that get to this level.”

Dorsey plans to remain on Twitter’s board for the next six months or so to help with the transition before fully departing the company.

Twitter missed Wall Street expectations on revenue and earnings per share last quarter. 

In September, the company agreed to pay $809.5 million to settle a class-action suit, in which investors accused the company of providing misleading numbers about engagement.

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Fareed Zakaria Will Host Original Series on CNN+

Zakaria will decode the backstories of the power dynasties, revolutions, spy missions, missed opportunities, and history-shaping assassinations in his new series.

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CNN continues adding content for their upcoming streaming platform CNN+, which will debut in the Spring. The latest to get a show is Fareed Zakaria will host “Flashpoints with Fareed Zakaria.”

Zakaria will decode the backstories of the power dynasties, revolutions, spy missions, missed opportunities, and history-shaping assassinations in his new series. He will help the audience comprehend how the world’s most dangerous people and locations have arrived at transformational tipping points.

“This is the history behind the headlines, the stories, people, and forces that created the crises of today,” Zakaria said in a statement about Flashpoints.

“The intriguing backstories that we delve into for Flashpoints have power, betrayal, espionage, and assassination. The storytelling is naturally as thrilling as a John Le Carré novel…except it all really happened,” Nancy Duffy, senior vice president of program development for CNN Worldwide, who oversees the Zakaria series, said. 

The program, filmed in a cinematic style, is expected to begin streaming as an anthology later in 2022 on CNN+. 

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ABC News Announces Three New Podcast Projects

The first two hours of Good Morning America will be available as podcasts along with “Close Up,” led by journalist Kelley Carter, and “Life Out Loud With LZ Granderson,”

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ABC News has rolled out its podcast push with new content as they launch new series and adapt “Good Morning America for audio. 

The network announced the first two hours of GMA will be available as podcasts. Joining them on the new GMA Channel are “Close Up,” led by journalist Kelley Carter, and “Life Out Loud With LZ Granderson,” which will launch its second season.

“Close Up” will debut on Feb. 9, the day after the 2022 Oscar nominations are announced, and will dive into entertainment news and feature interviews with stars, directors, and other entertainment industry notables. 

Meanwhile, the first episode of season two of “Life Out Loud with LZ Granderson” is available now, with new episodes dropping every Thursday. The podcast sees Granderson analyzing timely issues that affect the LGBTQ+ community.

“ABC Audio has big podcast plans for 2022,” Liz Alesse, director and EP of ABC Audio’s podcast programming, said. “We are also continuing to expand our originals library with some exciting projects in the pipeline this year.” 

“On top of building out our lifestyle and culture content, we’re working on several long-form narrative projects. You can expect to see new true crime titles coming soon, and we’re gearing up for some exciting collaborations across ABC.”

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Wolf Blitzer Will Host Evening News Program on CNN+

Blitzer will continue to host CNN’s “The Situation Room,” which provides the audience with in-depth reports about the day’s political, international, and breaking news stories.

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CNN continues to announce content for their upcoming stream platform CNN+, which will debut in the spring. The latest contributing is CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer will host “The Newscast with Wolf Blitzer.”

“On “The Newscast,” Blitzer will give it to you straight, hitting the headlines you need to know on this traditional evening news show with a sleek, modern twist,” CNN said in a statement

“The old-school nostalgic approach featuring original reporting from around the world, investigations, and consumer-focused stories that matter help put the latest headlines in perspective.”

Blitzer will continue to host CNN’s “The Situation Room,” which provides the audience with in-depth reports about the day’s political, international, and breaking news stories.

It’s CNN’s second announcement this week regarding content coming to the network’s streaming platform. 

The cable news channel welcomed former NBA player Rex Champman to host an upcoming program where he’ll have “intimate conversations with athletes, entertainers, and everyday heroes as Chapman looks for the silver lining beyond today’s toughest headlines.”

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