Bloomberg‘s Gerry Smith added some new reporting to the CNN+ saga today. He reports Chris Wallace will not only remain with CNN Global after CNN+ shuts down operations on April 30, but he will “likely” take his CNN+ interview show Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace? to the CNN cable channel.
CNN+ did not comment on the report.
Assuming Smith’s reporting is accurate, will Wallace find a home in the CNN’s still-vacant 9 p.m. timeslot, a place where Larry King previously held court for decades? Or maybe he lands in a different hour, perhaps 8 p.m., with Anderson Cooper 360 moving to 9 p.m. Another option is Wallace’s interview program goes from daily to weekly and ends up airing Sundays. That remains to be seen.
Smith also reports that all of CNN+ programs, a mix of lifestyle and news, will move to the CNN cable channel or to CNN.com, whereas the longer-form productions for CNN+ produced by CNN Original Series and Films will find a home on the Warner Bros. Discovery streaming service whenever that launches. Others will not continue in any form. The company’s new leadership is still trying to decide what the best platform is for each CNN+ program. Chris Licht hasn’t even officially stepped into the CNN chief executive role yet.
In addition to Wallace, it appears the streaming service’s other high-profile on-air talent hires will remain with the company. CNN+ host Kasie Hunt posted a tweet earlier today, “Some of you are asking about me. I am proud to be on team CNN. I will be fine. It’s not about me right now.”