It hasn’t been a month since CNN+ launched, and it already could be seeing its final days as a streaming service. According to Variety, Warner Bros. Discovery is shutting down CNN+ as of April 30.
The ceasing of operations for the streaming platform is the first significant move since the merger was made official a couple of weeks ago. The decision to pull the plug on CNN+ appears to be one that CEO David Zaslav favored well before the merger.
Zaslav reportedly was irritated by Jason Kilar, the former CEO of WarnerMedia, when AT&T owned it, and his decision to launch CNN+ weeks before Discovery was about to take over operations.
“This decision is in line with WBD’s broader direct-to-consumer strategy,” said Chris Licht, the incoming CEO of CNN, in a statement.
“In a complex streaming market, consumers want simplicity and an all-in service, which provides a better experience and more value than stand-alone offerings.”
No further information is given on what will happen to some of these shows on the platform. Still, Zaslav has openly discussed his desire to combine all of the company’s streaming-video assets, which now includes HBO Max along with Discovery+.
As for CNN+employees, they’ll be paid for the next 90 days and be given options to examine other positions around the company. Warner Bros. Discovery is also pulling CNN out of the streaming wars with other rival networks like NBCUniversal, CBS News, Fox News, and ABC News.
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