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CNN cancels 'Connie Chung Tonight'
AJC ^ | 3/25/02

Posted on 03/25/2003 7:34:50 PM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection

CNN has told Connie Chung, one of the its most prominent hosts, that it has dropped her prime-time show, effective immediately. Although CNN asked her to stay in some other capacity, she declined and will leave the network, an associate of Chung said Tuesday night.

Chung, a longtime news anchor who worked for the three major broadcast network news departments before joining CNN last summer, was informed of the decision by Jim Walton, the new president of CNN, the associate said Tuesday. The show, "Connie Chung Tonight," which is usually broadcast at 8 on weeknights, had been suspended for coverage of the war with Iraq.

Chung pressed CNN's management last Friday to put the program back on as soon as possible. CNN, a unit of AOL Time Warner, responded by telling her that it would decide over the weekend when it would bring the show back. Instead, its management called her in Tuesday to tell her the program will not resume when the war coverage ends.

Chung has a contract, worth about $2 million a year, that has more than a year left. It promised her a prime-time program, Chung's associate said.

"She was very shocked and extremely disappointed," the associate said. "She did the show she was asked to do even though she argued that she wanted to do a different kind of show. But the management changed and the new management said, 'We don't want that kind of show.' She was not given a chance to do something different for them."

Walton became CNN's chief executive in January, succeeding Walter Isaacson, who had brought Chung to the network. CNN has since been seeking to revamp its image, looking to refashion itself as a harder-edged news network. This month, it dropped a daytime talk program, "Talk Back Live," saying it no longer fit with the network's new plans.

Chung's program, which was built around interviews with personalities who sometimes were involved in less-than-serious events, like contestants from "American Idol," was criticized in some quarters of the network for being out of step with the new approach.

The associate of Chung defended the show, saying that "when she was hired they said they didn't have a newsmagazine-type program and wanted her to do one. She said she didn't want to do that kind of show. She wanted to do a news show. But this is what they wanted."

Most memorably, Chung was mentioned by Ted Turner, the CNN founder, who said in an interview that her show was "just awful." Coincidentally, in an interview only a few days ago, Turner said he regretted making those comments.

The ratings for Chung's program were among the strongest on CNN and would not seem to mark it as a target for cancellation. Chung was watched by about a million viewers nightly, second only to Larry King's program on CNN, and it had grown stronger in recent months, sometimes beating King's show. The show was up more than 50 percent over the program CNN had in the same time slot last year. Throughout her career, Chung has consistently been among the most popular figures in TV news.

CNN executives declined to comment directly on the decision to drop Chung's show. But one CNN executive said the move was not related to ratings. No decision has been made about a program that will succeed Chung's, the executive added.

The associate of Chung said she would look for other opportunities at other networks.

"Connie was hired by the old CNN crowd," the associate said. "There's a new crowd at CNN now, and they don't want people associated with the old crowd."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Georgia
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1 posted on 03/25/2003 7:34:50 PM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Actually I thought she was a lot better before.She seemed so boring since her comeback.Times have changed and new faces will take over.So long Connie.
2 posted on 03/25/2003 7:44:15 PM PST by deJaz
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
"...they don't want people associated with the old crowd."

Does that mean we'll see a fair and balanced Connie in the future?

3 posted on 03/25/2003 7:44:21 PM PST by gorebegone
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

4 posted on 03/25/2003 7:48:18 PM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Another leftie bites the dust...
5 posted on 03/25/2003 7:50:12 PM PST by kellynla (Once a Marine...Semper Fi)
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To: Paul Atreides
You're hitting your stride again!
6 posted on 03/25/2003 7:51:28 PM PST by ErnBatavia ((bumperootus!))
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To: kellynla
DECLINE OF RAT-ISM

Dennis Prager

The New York Times just published one of its most revealing articles in memory: "Outflanked Democrats Wonder How to Catch Up in Media Wars." Apparently, the Democratic Party is gravely concerned that its liberal message is not being heard. And the reason Democrats give is that conservatives dominate talk radio, Fox News, and the editorial pages of The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Times. Because of talk radio, two editorial pages and one cable news channel, liberals just cannot get their message across to Americans. Full disclosure demands that I acknowledge a vested interest here. I have been a radio talk show host for 20 years -- 16 in Los Angeles and the last four in national syndication (through the Salem Radio Network). So I read with a big smile how influential my profession is perceived to be. But all this begs two questions: why is talk radio so powerful, and why is it dominated by conservatives? The first question is particularly fascinating. That Democrats chafe at conservative dominance in talk radio is almost incredible -- because liberals dominate everything else. Liberals dominate television: Aside from some Fox News shows (remember the conservative Sean Hannity is paired with the liberal Alan Colmes), the liberals dominate everything on TV (with the exception of John Stossel's specials on ABC). They dominate CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC and CNN news broadcasts, and they dominate all television entertainment...

7 posted on 03/25/2003 7:57:50 PM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection
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To: ErnBatavia
LOL! That one is an oldie!
8 posted on 03/25/2003 8:01:23 PM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Hmnn, this Connie, she looks maybe North Korean, no?
9 posted on 03/25/2003 8:04:15 PM PST by dadokane
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Chung has a contract, worth about $2 million a year, that has more than a year left.

Chung will seek free agency in the ILL, the Irrelevant Liberals League, at most CNN can hope to obtain a conservative player to be named later. This is series....hugh stuff.

10 posted on 03/25/2003 8:05:31 PM PST by T. Jefferson
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
I forced myself to sit through a couple Chung shows. I could not believe how unprofessional she was. I could not keep track of the number of slips and mistakes she made (looking at the wrong camera, mispronouncing common words, not able to construct a coherent sentence.) Aaron Brown should be next. All I can remember of him is his interview of Michael Moore. Moore suggested Bush should be killed while Brown nodded with neither agreement or disagreement. Journalism to CNN is never challenging our enemies and always challenging our patriots.
11 posted on 03/25/2003 8:08:34 PM PST by Naspino
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Her rating has been rising, yet they canned her. That really makes lots of economic sense. NOT.
12 posted on 03/25/2003 8:12:06 PM PST by Fishing-guy
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Everybody have fun tonight...
Everybody wang Chung tonight
13 posted on 03/25/2003 8:17:53 PM PST by HoneyBoo
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To: Naspino
I have no opion on Connie Chung since I have not seen her since she interviewed Tonya Harding in 1994(although I would be happy to take the reminder of her salary for her contract).

I cannot believe they did not start "the new CNN" by getting rid of that smarmy little twerp Aaron Brown. I was channel sufing through the cable news coverage last night and he and Gen. Clark were on. If people watch this bilge on CNN, it is no wonder the DOW and NASDAQ tanked yesterday. They interpret every news item the most negative way. I would swear it was a modern day Dunkirk the way they were describing the various news item coming in

14 posted on 03/25/2003 9:01:07 PM PST by eeman
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
I hope they replace her with reruns of Fernwood Tonight.
15 posted on 03/25/2003 9:04:03 PM PST by Consort
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
What took them so long I thought they cancel LONG TIME AGO Tumbleweed
I be honest here

Well I been watching Law and Order on TNT at that time

War Det Lennie Briscoe
16 posted on 03/25/2003 9:54:37 PM PST by SevenofNine (GAME OVER Saddam your a** is grass)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
"Connie was hired by the old CNN crowd," the associate said. "There's a new crowd at CNN now, and they don't want people associated with the old crowd."

This is exactly bass-ackwards. Connie was hired by the new CNN crowd, the AOL lackeys, who so totally FUBARed the place that they all got fired. Then all the old CNN crowd came back.

Of course, the old crowd doesn't really have a clue on how to beat Fox any more than the AOL drones did, but at least they're getting rid of the bigger embarrassments.

By the way, ten bucks says she files an age discrimination suit.

17 posted on 03/25/2003 11:33:30 PM PST by Timesink (If you use the word "embedded" in a conversation, you'd better be carrying an x-ray to show me.)
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To: Fishing-guy
Her ratings were high only within CNN shows...... but she was failing miserably against O'reily.
18 posted on 03/25/2003 11:41:05 PM PST by bart99
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Come on, Connie, whisper in my ear, just our secret.
19 posted on 03/25/2003 11:45:00 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: bart99
Yes, in the Los Angeles market she was up against Bill O'Reilly too. His numbers were usually 3 or 4 times her numbers.
20 posted on 03/25/2003 11:47:45 PM PST by capitan_refugio
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
<>Ka-Chung!
21 posted on 03/26/2003 12:07:19 AM PST by Enduring Freedom
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
oops!

Ka-Chung!


22 posted on 03/26/2003 12:07:47 AM PST by Enduring Freedom
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Official "NUKE CNN" bump!
23 posted on 03/26/2003 12:10:15 AM PST by sonofatpatcher2 (Love & a .45-- What more could you want, campers? };^)
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To: Naspino
Agree re: Aaron Brown. He used to be an anchor in Seattle, about the fiftieth time I saw him slip up and have this disgusting "I'm so superior" smirk on his face I turned him off. Totally. And if they're cleaning house, get rid of Wolf too.
24 posted on 03/26/2003 12:11:52 AM PST by djf
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To: PhilDragoo
Come on, Connie, whisper in my ear, just our secret.

Just between you and me, Connie, is Ted Turner really a bitch?

25 posted on 03/26/2003 12:19:22 AM PST by Tall_Texan (Where liberals lead, misery follows.)
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To: Tall_Texan
I forgot to watch her show,,, How long was she on ccn ?
26 posted on 03/26/2003 1:21:31 AM PST by TYVets (A Hillbilly with an attitude after 9/11)
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To: Consort
I hope they replace her with reruns of Fernwood Tonight.

I LOVED that show. I have a tape of all of the America 2nite series.

27 posted on 03/26/2003 1:29:48 AM PST by Aeronaut (It's all about You, Lord.)
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To: Aeronaut
I am DEEPLY Saddened by the loss of Chung...another Liberal goes poof!

Connie Chung show cancelled... Veteran anchor to leave CNN From the AJC--

"Though Chung attracts more viewers than many of CNN's shows, she has continued to be roundly beaten in the ratings war by Fox News powerhouse Bill O'Reilly." BwwwaaaaHAHAHAHAH!!!

28 posted on 03/26/2003 4:02:39 AM PST by GRRRRR (Is Baghdad Burning Yet...)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Gee, I guess now I'll just have to watch Jesse Ventura on MSNBC.
29 posted on 03/26/2003 7:32:21 AM PST by The Great RJ
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
I hate her.
31 posted on 03/26/2003 8:07:32 AM PST by yonif
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To: djf
CNN is worse than ever. Aaron Brown seems like a goof on marijuana. The deer in the headlights look, the long pauses, the sighs, the "WO's!", the leaning on his elbows thing. He has to go.
32 posted on 03/26/2003 8:28:44 AM PST by mikhailovich
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Ever watch the Connie Chung show? A four year old could come up with more interesting and probing questions. At one point an interviewee said "The murders are definately unrelated." Without a pause Ms Chung asked, "Sir, have the murders been linked in some way?" She didn't get canceled for any reason other than she sucked at her job and put on a terrible news show.
33 posted on 03/26/2003 9:05:07 AM PST by Crusader_062002
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Although CNN asked her to stay in some other capacity…


34 posted on 03/26/2003 9:12:09 AM PST by Plutarch
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
"Hey, Jim, do you know why protesters always carry a bucket of week-old bear manure to ever anti-war rally?"
"No, Bones, why do they?"

"It keeps the flies off the reporters from CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC!"
Bada Bing!

"Jim, CNN just fired Connie Chung."

"Why, Bones?"

"They ran out of bear manure!"

Want a break from war news? Go to Stark Trek for a laugh or two. Then come back refreshed and loaded for bear whether he goes in the woods or not!

35 posted on 03/29/2003 9:01:53 AM PST by sonofatpatcher2 (Love & a .45-- What more could you want, campers? };^)
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