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NY Times, WSJ Offer Conflicting Stories on the Exit of Allison Gollust

Gollust recently resigned from her position, two weeks after it was revealed she was in a consensual relationship with the network’s president, Jeff Zucker. 

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CNN EVP and chief marketing officer Allison Gollust recently resigned from her position, two weeks after it was revealed she was in a consensual relationship with the network’s president, Jeff Zucker. 

Zucker would resign after revealing this during an investigation into former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo. However, the details regarding Gollust’s departure are conflicting as The New York Times and Wall Street Journal offer different stories. 

The report from The Times suggests that Gollust’s exit came after an internal investigation discovered that she had consulted interview matters as part of “extensive” communications with former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Gollust’s spokesperson, Risa Heller, told the Times that the former CNN executive’s conversations with Cuomo was warranted. Gollust “in no way suggested that inclusion of these topics was a condition of the interview, nor did she suggest the interview should be limited to these subjects,” said Heller.

Meanwhile, the Journal alleges that Gollust left after WarnerMedia determined her information about her relationship with Zucker—and how it “changed during Covid”—was “misleading,” according to the sources in the story.

Gollust’s rep also commented on this story, stating that the allegation “reeks of sexism and only further underscores WarnerMedia’s retaliatory actions against her.”

After Gollust’s departure, WarnerMedia’s head of corporate communications and marketing James Anderson was placed as the interim head of communications at CNN Worldwide.

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Longtime NBC News Executive Don Browne Dies

Doctors found a brain tumor in Browne in 2021 mere months after his wife, Maria, died of cancer.

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Former NBC News executive Don Browne died Wednesday. He was 80 years old.

Browne spent more than 30 years with NBC News, joining the company in 1979 after a decade at CBS News. After beginning as the network’s Miami bureau chief, he later ascended to the role of Executive News Director where he oversaw the Today Show.

In 1991, he became the Executive Vice President of NBC News. Dateline NBC was launched under his tutelage.

He later became the President and General Manager of NBC’s owned-and-operated WTVJ in Miami, before returning to the NBCUniversal executive team with Telemundo before retiring in 2011.

“He believed in quality journalism. But more importantly, he knew that great people would be able to tell great stories with support, mentoring, and coaching,” said NBC News Executive Yvette Miley told NBC Miami.

Doctors found a brain tumor in Browne in 2021 mere months after his wife, Maria, died of cancer.

Browne is survived by two sons and two grandchildren.

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Stuart Varney and Dana Perino to Moderate Next Fox News Debate

Both Varney and Perino have contributed to Fox News election coverage in the past, including during the 2022 midterms.

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Fox Business Network anchor Stuart Varney and Fox News anchor Dana Perino have been tabbed as moderators for the next 2024 Republican Presidential debate to air on Fox News.

Additionally, the debate will also air in Spanish on Univision, with Ilia Calderón co-moderating the event.

“We are very proud to have Stuart Varney and Dana Perino co-moderating the second debate with Univision to provide Americans with a comprehensive view of the qualifying candidates vying for the Republican nomination for president,” Fox News President Jay Wallace said in a statement.

Varney is one of the original anchors of Fox Business Network. He joined in 2007 to host Varney & Co., which is the highest-rated market-hour program in business television.

Perino co-anchors America’s Newsroom and serves as a panelist on The Five for Fox News.

Both Varney and Perino have contributed to Fox News election coverage in the past, including during the 2022 midterms.

The event is currently scheduled for Wednesday, September 27th from 9:00-11:00 PM ET. The second debate will be held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

In addition to airing on Fox News and Univision, the debate will be simulcast on the FOX Nation streaming service and on Fox News Headlines 24/7 on SiriusXM Channel 115.

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Widow of Roger Ailes: Fox News Has Become Boring, Lacks Star Power

“Frankly, I think that Fox — like the other mainstream news channels — are boring. They repeat the same thing every hour.”

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Beth Ailes, the widow of former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, appeared on Newsmax Tuesday evening and had harsh criticism for the cable network her husband helped build.

During Eric Bolling The Balance, Ailes argued that Fox News has experienced a loss in viewership due to the upstart Newsmax.

“I think that a lot of the audience has left and that’s because there’s no more Eric Bolling, there is no more Bill O’Reilly, there’s no Greta (Van Susteren). Where is everybody? They’re on Newsmax,” said Ailes. “They have other places to go. There are other ways to get the news and frankly, I think that Fox — like the other mainstream news channels — are boring. They repeat the same thing every hour.”

In July, Fox News was the top-rated basic cable channel in primetime, featuring an average of 1.57 million viewers. In total day viewers, the network saw just over 1 million on average. However, those figures represent a 26% drop compared to July 2022.

It isn’t the first time Ailes has been critical of her husband’s former network. Earlier this year, on his birthday, Ailes tweeted a photo of her husband applauding him for building up the cable giant before saying it only took “6 years for the Murdochs to wreak havoc. Rupert thought he could do your job. What a joke. He has the checkbook but could never come close to your genius.”

Roger Ailes left Fox News in disgrace in 2016 after multiple allegations of sexual harassment by employees were uncovered. He died in 2017. Bolling, like Ailes, also departed Fox News due to sexual misconduct allegations. He has continually denied those claims.

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