CNN decided to part ways with their anchor Chris Cuomo after the New York Attorney General’s office revealed the host had a more prominent role in aiding his brother, former New York governor Andrew Cuomo handle his sexual harassment accusations.
As both sides deal with the fallout from the media perspective of things like what CNN will do with the timeslot and what’s next for Cuomo, the legal battle ensues. Puck News reports that Cuomo and CNN are lawyering up over his firing.
The former anchor has hired litigator Bryan Freedman, who managed Megyn Kelly’s departure from NBC, and CNN is working with WarnerMedia litigator Daniel Petrocelli.
The New York Post has also reported that Cuomo plans to sue the network if it refuses to pay him at least $18 million to cover what’s left on his contract.
Cuomo’s contract is reportedly worth $6 million annually; The Post adds that it leaves between $18 million and $20 million that the network owes him. However, the news outlet spoke to an insider, who stated that CNN has “no intention of paying [Chris] Cuomo a penny.”
“CNN has a standard morality clause in their contract that says if the employee does anything of disrepute, they can be immediately fired,” another source said to The Post.
Anchor, Reporter Liz Collin Leaves WCCO TV
Collin spent 14 years at the television station.
A long-time face at WCCO TV is leaving as anchor and reporter Liz Collin has departed after spending 14 years at the television station.
“I want to thank you all for the support you have shown me in my home state of Minnesota,” Collin wrote in a social media post. “Thank you for trusting me to tell your stories. Thank you to the talented team who helped make that possible.”
Following the murder of George Floyd in Minnesota, Collin did find herself in the headlines as she’s married to former Minneapolis Police Federation President Bob Kroll, who came under public scrutiny after Floyd’s death.
Also, that summer, protesters gathered outside of WCCO’s studio in downtown Minneapolis. In 2019, Collin stated she did not think her marriage had a conflict of interest, adding that she hadn’t reported on the police in the last two years.
A WCCO spokesperson said the station isn’t planning on commenting on personnel matters. Collin’s post did not disclose what’s next for her career, but she wrote, “The truth makes me tick. I’ll get back to telling that soon.”
CBS News Announces CBS News Miami Streaming Channel
CBS News Miami features anchored programming and coverage of live breaking news events in the region, produced by WFOR-TV.
CBS News and Stations announced the launch of the CBS News Miami streaming channel. CBS News Miami features anchored programming and coverage of live breaking news events in the region, produced by WFOR-TV.
CBS News Miami joins the CBS News Streaming Network. CBS News Streaming is available on over 30 platforms across mobile, desktop, connected TVs for free, CBSNews.com and Paramount+. CBS News Miami is also accessible via CBSMiami.com.
“This is a historic and exciting day for everyone here at CBS Miami as the innovation and hard work of our team has paid off with the successful launch of our local streaming news channel,” Darryll Green, Vice President and General Manager, CBS Miami, said.
“The addition of CBS News Miami to the CBS News Streaming Network makes our award-winning local news content available to a much wider audience, locally and nationally, on a 24/7 basis.”
CBS News Miami joins other local markets with their streaming channel, such as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, etc. In addition, the company will launch CBS News Detroit later this year, making it 14 streaming channels in the top markets in the country.
Brian Williams Turns Down Nightly News Position at CBS
CBS News president and co-head Neeraj Khemlani attempted to recruit Williams for the network’s flagship evening news program.
Former MSNBC host Brian Williams walked away from the network last year, ending a 30-year run at NBC News. Now a free agent, CNN reports that Williams doesn’t want to anchor the “Evening News.”
Recently, CBS News president and co-head Neeraj Khemlani attempted to recruit Williams for the network’s flagship evening news program. Furthermore, Khemlani tried at least twice; however, it was to no avail.
“Williams, the people I spoke to said, simply isn’t interested in the evening news job — which says a lot about not only Williams’ turn-of-fortune,” CNN’s Oliver Darcy wrote.
“But also the diminishing allure of anchoring a nightly broadcast news program once considered to be one of the most prestigious positions in journalism.”
The report doesn’t detail what type of position Williams wants this new chapter to be, but don’t expect it to be a return to the nightly news. In his final years at NBC, he hosted the popular “11th Hour” program on MSNBC during the Trump era, has largely rehabilitated his image.
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