Monday, February 25, 2008
The Plot Thickens
This morning, my former boss at CNN, the man who officially fired me two weeks ago tomorrow -- Ed Litvak -- resigned.
"CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein announced today that Ed Litvak is leaving American Morning as the executive producer. He's also parting company with CNN.
Insiders tell us Litvak was interested in moving on from the 2 a.m. wake-up calls. But American Morning has struggled to find an audience. So far this month, the show is averaging 469,000 Total Viewers and 172,000 A25-54 viewers (Live only data). By comparison Fox & Friends has drawn about 945,000 Total Viewers and 302,000 in the demo.
Litvak was named EP of AM in August, 2006. Eight months later CNN replaced Soledad O'Brien and Miles O'Brien as anchors, a transition Litvak oversaw. A CNN spokesperson tells TVNewser, 'Ed did a terrific job transitioning the new anchor team into place, and he has worked tirelessly to build a format for American Morning which we think is the right niche for CNN in the morning.'
Just two weeks ago Litvak announced that an American Morning producer had been dismissed for his outside blogging."
I don't even know where to begin with this.