CNN Brings Back Reliable Sources Newsletter

By Mark Mwachiro 

CNN’s popular Reliable Sources newsletter will be hitting email inboxes in a revised form starting next Monday, Sept. 26.

Oliver Darcy, CNN’s senior media reporter, will be spearheading version 2.0 of the newsletter, which will return after more than a month’s absence with a new look and concise format. According to Darcy, the newsletter will “continue to tackle issues relating to newsrooms, partisan media, social media, podcasts and streaming services.”


Also changing will be the delivery frequency of the newsletter, which will go down from six days to four. It will be available Monday through Thursday so as to provide Darcy with additional time to work on original reporting for the newsletter.

Darcy says that Reliable Sources is “an iconic and essential CNN institution.” He continued by saying, “it is a great privilege to take the helm, especially during what is the most consequential period for the media industry in modern history.”

Darcy has been with CNN since 2017. He started as a contributor to the newsletter but was elevated to co-author in 2020, and now takes over full-time for Brian Stelter, who started the newsletter in 2015 based on the now canceled long-running Sunday morning show, Reliable Sources. The newsletter became a must-read within media circles and provided Stelter with another avenue to expand his media brand and elaborate on his preferred subject matters.

Note: Stelter founded TVNewser (originally known as CableNewser) in 2004 while attending Towson University.

Alex Weprin of The Hollywood Reporter first reported this news.