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WarnerMedia plans to launch CNN +, A standalone news streaming service in the United States in the first quarter of 2022.
A separate subscription service from CNN’s cable channel is aimed at “super fans, news junkies, and fans of high-quality nonfiction shows” on the network, the press said in a press release Monday.
CNN + will feature live daily shows for 8-12 hours at launch. This includes library content, new original series, and movies developed for the service. CNN + is not a stand-alone app, but subscribers can access streaming services within CNN’s existing branded apps.
“CNN invented Cable News in 1980, defined online news in 1995, and now launches a consumer streaming subscription service in 2022, taking an important step in expanding the possibilities of news. We’ve taken a step forward, “said Jeff Zucker, President of CNN and Chairman of WarnerMedia. statement.
“In addition to unprecedentedly powerful television services, we provide consumers with streaming products that are at the core of our work today and extend the reach and reach of the CNN brand in ways no one else has done. .. There is no such thing, “says Zucker.
Reuters Zucker, who announced in February that he would leave CNN at the end of the year, stayed and said it was unclear if he would be involved in the launch of CNN +.
According to CNN, the executive team for the new service will be led by Andrew Morse, CNN Worldwide’s Chief Digital Officer, and Alex MacCallum, CNN’s Product Officer, will be CNN +’s General Manager.
Rebecca Kutler, Courtney Coupe, and Robyn Peterson will oversee programming, content strategy and operations, and technology, respectively, and the CNN Original Series team will oversee CNN + Original.
Programming and pricing details will be announced at a later date.
CNN, the last major news network to launch streaming channels, provided a separate feed for live programming on CNN.com in the early 2000s and was eventually discontinued. deadline report.
This announcement will be made while AT & TInc is preparing for a spin-off. WarnerMedia Join forces with Discovery to create a streaming giant.
The $ 43 billion transaction, scheduled to close in 2022, combines WarnerMedia’s assets such as CNN, HBO, TBS, TNT and Warner Brothers Pictures with Discovery’s portfolio, including HGTV, TLC and Food Network.
Morse said variety There are no official plans to create a subscription bundle with CNN +, HBO Max, or any other WarnerMedia service, but some sources have “strong potential” to change when the merger is completed next year. Tells the outlet.
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