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CNN President Pushes Back Date for Staffers Return to Office

CNN president Jeff Zucker advised staff to get the booster as the company will formalize the policy in the coming weeks. 

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Following a surge in coronavirus cases in the United States during and after the holiday season, CNN reacted by going back to remote work for staffers who didn’t need to be in the office. Initially, they were set to return next week, but that has now changed.

CNN’s Oliver Darcy revealed an email president Jeff Zucker sent to employees stating, “we are looking at Monday, January 31.” “I know some of you have been looking forward to returning, and this is frustrating news,” Zucker added. 

The network will have essential employees still in their offices, and they’ll have to be vaccinated and boosted. Hence, the CNN president advised them to get the booster as the company will formalize the policy in the coming weeks. 

“We are asking anyone who comes into our offices and who is eligible to be boosted. We expect that this may become even more formalized in the weeks ahead, so we encourage everyone to get boosted,” Zucker said. 

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Peabody Organization Gives Career Achievement Award to Dan Rather

Past career award recipients include Carol Burnett, Rita Moreno, Cicely Tyson, and Sam Pollard.

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Dan Rather’s career in journalism spans over six decades, and for over 20 years, he was the anchor of “CBS Evening News from 1981 to 2005. The Peabody organization now recognizes him for his contributions to media with the Peabody Career Achievement Award.

The Peabody organization states that the award is handed out to people whose profession and dedication to broadcasting and digital media have left a memorable impact on the field and in American culture. 

“Dan Rather’s remarkable career — from local news reporter and international correspondent to network anchor — is a textbook example not just of what quality reporting looks like, but how journalists serve democracy well,” Jeffrey Jones, executive director of the Peabody Awards, said. 

“Spanning over six decades, Rather helped viewers understand and interpret some of the most traumatic historical events in our nation’s history, from the Kennedy assassination and the Vietnam War to 9/11 and more. We are happy to call attention to and celebrate his life’s work.”

Past career award recipients include Carol Burnett, Rita Moreno, Cicely Tyson, and Sam Pollard. Furthermore, the Peabodys are preparing to announce its 30 winners on June 6-9. 

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WGA Members at CBS News Ratify New Agreement

The new agreement was approved by 89% of those CBS News members who voted on the deal

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Roughly 260 Writers Guild of America members who are employed at CBS News have chosen to vote and overwhelmingly authorize a new three-year contract. The new agreement was approved by 89% of those CBS News members who voted on the deal, per Deadline.

Those members in the WGA from East to West from the news media outlet see the new deal cover who work as news writers, producers, graphic artists, desk associates, and others at the network’s news operations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

“In a challenging environment, we were able to make real gains,” said WGA East executive director Lowell Peterson. “Because our members at CBS News mobilized and made their voices heard.”

“We won a solid contract that raises pay, includes a hefty boost in pension contributions, increases fees, and makes transformational gains for longer-term ‘temporary’ employees – severance pay and parental leave.”

The WGA states that this new contract for the WGA members at CBS News includes:

• Staff will get 2% minimum salary increases each year and a full pension rate increase will be paid by the company.

• Temporary employees pay goes up 3.50% in year one, 3.0% in year two, and 3.25% in year three.

• Producer fees increase to $50 in Los Angeles and New York in the second year of the contract, and to $50 by the third year at WBBM in Chicago.

• Fee for filling in for executive producer or senior producer in many but not all circumstances.

• Acting editor fee rate increases by 15%.

• Severance pay for long-term full-time temps.

• Parental leave for long-term full-time temps.

• Improved comp day calculation for a small number of temps.

• Increased severance pay for long-term staff employees; up to 48 or even 72 weeks for certain layoffs.

• Side letter on company process for requesting work from home.

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Donald Trump Takes Shot at Fox News, Suggests CNN Go Conservative

Trump went after Fox News, saying the news outlet isn’t what it used to be in his eyes.

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Last week, radio host Dinesh D’Souza went after Fox News, claiming that the network is suppressing his new film called “2,000 Mules.” 

“Several Fox hosts want to have me on to discuss the movie but the network is blocking them. Incredibly a ‘news network’ is blocking coverage of the biggest news story in the country!” D’Souza tweeted

Then this past weekend, former President Donald Trump went after Fox News, saying the news outlet isn’t what it used to be in his eyes. Trump spoke out against Fox News, arguing that the network “won’t even show or discuss” the 2020 election fraud documentary “2000 Mules.” 

“Fox News is no longer Fox News,” Trump posted on his TruthSocial account. “They won’t even show or discuss the greatest & most impactful documentary of our time, ‘2000 Mules.’ The Radical Left Democrats are thrilled – They don’t want the TRUTH to get out.”

Furthermore, the former president recommended that CNN “go conservative” and take Fox News’ place as the go-to channel for those looking to consume a new conservative media outlet. 

“CNN should go Conservative and take over the greatest, strongest, and most powerful BASE in U.S. history,” Trump stated. “Nobody is watching CNN’s Fake News now so, as I say, what the hell have they got to lose? Sadly, they’re too stupid to make the change!”

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