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Joshua Johnson Exits NBC News After Networks Cancels Show

The final broadcast occurred on Friday and TV Newser adds that Johnson and NBC News Now chief Janelle Rodriguez delivered the cancellation news to show staff on that day too. 

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Changes continue to occur at NBCUniversal as NBC News’ Joshua Johnson is leaving the network after the company announced that it was canceling the NBC News Now show, “Now Tonight.” 

“Now Tonight” has streamed weekdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT since debuting in Dec. 2021, but less than a year after launching, the network wants to move in a new direction with the program. 

“We’re heading in a new programming direction, which we’ll announce soon. We thank Joshua for his contributions and wish him all the best,” an NBC News spokesperson said in a statement (h/t TV Newser). 

The final broadcast occurred on Friday and TV Newser adds that Johnson and NBC News Now chief Janelle Rodriguez delivered the cancellation news to show staff on that day too. 

In addition, Rodriguez clarified that no one else’s employment at NBC News would be negatively impacted.

“Creating and anchoring @NBCNowTonight has been an honor,” Johnson tweeted. “[Friday, Nov. 18], that journey ends. This is my last day @NBCNews … Thank you so much for supporting me on @NBCNewsNOW & @Peacock. Onward!”

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Morale at MSNBC Reportedly ‘In the Toilet’ After Tiffany Cross’ Ouster

According to Page Six, other MSNBC hosts are now nervous about network execs not having their backs because of how the company allegedly treated Cross.

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MSNBC’s decision to oust former host Tiffany Cross continues to loom over the network as The New York Post’s Page Six reported on Saturday that morale at the cable news channel “is in the toilet.”

According to Page Six, other MSNBC hosts are now nervous about network execs not having their backs because of how the company allegedly treated Cross.

“People are scared,” an insider told Page Six. “The consensus is that [MSNBC president Rashida Jones] is trying to unmake MSNBC and change it into something the right won’t be mad at. What about our core audience?”

Furthermore, another insider said to Page Six that MSNBC could be following CNN in being a network that is down the middle and not leaning toward either side of the political aisle.

“Like CNN, trying to go straight down the middle seems to be what the appetite is. The MSNBC identity is being taken away,” the insider said. “The trend right now is everybody’s kind of leaning towards less divisive.”

A spokesperson for MSNBC stated the network “made a programming decision to cancel the show. The newsgroup makes these business decisions all the time.”

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CBS News Suspends, Then Resumes Twitter Activity

The suspension of Twitter activity didn’t last long as CBS News’ sent out a statement saying they’ll continue their presence on the platform.

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Over the last couple of weeks, it’s been reported that some advertisers have been pausing their relationship with Twitter following the takeover of Elon Musk over the social media platform.

However, that way of thinking is now spilling over to news media outlets as CBS News announced that it would be suspending its usage of the social media site due to the “uncertainty” surrounding Musk’s management of Twitter.

“In light of the uncertainty around Twitter, and out of an abundance of caution, CBS News is pausing its activity on the social media site as it continues to monitor the platform,” CBS News national correspondent Jonathan Vigliotti reported (h/t The New York Post).  

Additionally, the segment by Vigliotti also included a quote from a former engineer who was laid off, who claimed that the culture of Twitter under Musk was “definitely a culture of fear and uncertainty, of anxiety.”

However, the suspension of Twitter activity didn’t last long as CBS News’ sent out a statement saying they’ll continue their presence on the platform.

“After pausing for much of the weekend to assess the security concerns, CBS News and Stations is resuming its activity on Twitter as we continue to monitor the situation,” the statement said.

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Chris Licht: CNN’s Competition Isn’t MSNBC, Fox News

In a recent appearance on the podcast “On With Kara Swisher,” Chris Licht explained that his competition for the cable news channel isn’t Fox News or MSNBC.

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CNN’s Chris Licht took over the role of Jeff Zucker and in a recent appearance on the podcast “On With Kara Swisher,” Licht explained that his competition for the cable news channel isn’t Fox News or MSNBC.

“I’m not looking at it through trying to appeal to ‘lean into the left’ or ‘try to appeal to more people on the right.’ I think that that’s not a good business model because you’re fighting for a bigger slice of a shrinking pie,” Licht said.

“The competition for me in cable is not MSNBC or Fox. Hopefully, what we’re doing is so different and unique that we are attracting people who perhaps have found cable news to be irrelevant in their lives.”

Additionally, Licht laid out who he was competing against and didn’t name any news outlets; his response will surprise many as to who he wants CNN to compete against under his tenure.

“My competition is frankly Kathleen’s HGTV and Netflix,” Licht said. “I’m fighting for people in down news times. I’m fighting for people’s discretionary attention. And I don’t believe that the way to the future is to try to steal people from Fox.”

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