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.

From TVNewser:

"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.

28 comments:

Eric said...

Interesting.

Angela Lucier said...

ooooooOOOOOOOOoooooo

The intrigue!

trish said...

Wow. Holy shit.

girl with curious hair said...

Fascinating...

Could it be that the guilt/stupidity of what did was keeping him up at nights?

Terry Heaton said...

Hmm. It's the kind of wood-producing tidbit that moves the, um, imagination.

em said...

DUN DUN DUNNNNNNNNNN!!!!

Y'know. Added for dramatic effect.

ty said...

You realise that if nothing else that proves you right about the state of the show?

There, I said it said...

Resigned? Sounds much more like Karma coming back to bite his arse.

Manny said...

You're welcome. I told you those pictures of you and Ed with those two Polynesian dwarf prostitutes would pay off one day.

Now, what to do with those pictures of Matt and that scrawny little Indonesian man with the sores all over his mouth?

V said...

Let's hope the door hits him where the good lord split him!
-v

Anonymous said...

I didn't realize he was the one who did the Soledad & Miles shakeup, although I had my suspicions given what happened to you. I used to watch American Morning every day them, but stopped after they left - just wasn't the same.

Anonymous said...

WOW!!!
Maybe resigned before he too was fired??? Sounds like something hot might be going on there...
sounds like Karma indeed...

Paul said...

I believe Sean Connery, at least Darrel Hammond's version of S.C., said it best. "Suck it Trebeck" (or in this case CNN).

largo said...

Unreal. Sounds like a lot of bullshit to disguise CNN's big mistake. Can you say scapegoat?

Keep at it! Don't let this go!

KiltBear said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schadenfreude, darling, Schadenfreude!

Jax said...

Update - inside sources now say fired.

atlliberal said...

The right niche? If CNN wants to know what's wrong with their ratings I have a few ideas.
It could be that they are trying to outfox Fox by being more biased toward conservatives.
Could it be that many of us who used to watch the show, saw right through John Roberts spewing right wing talking points and stories about how he rides his motorcycle with Dan Bartlett and Karl Rove?
Could it be the few times they include a Democrat to interview the thinly veiled disdain comes through?

CNN is no longer the "Most Trusted Name in News"

kanye said...

Wouldn't it just be the shit if he got nailed for blogging.

Anonymous said...

I take full credit for what was undoubtedly a dismissal with my phone call and email to CNN protesting your firing!

Nicole said...

The revolution has begun.

RottweilerTOM said...

who the fuck cares :)

I only think about where Chez is going next

Anonymous said...

Chez, You must feel vindicated in some way, however, that is only one down and so many more to go!

When I hear Jon Klein has been dumped I'll believe change is coming.

One question, is there anything CNN could do to make you reconsider working there again? I hope not.

Anonymous said...

The best thing for that show would be do get rid of that dingbat Kiran Chetry. The girl is not hard news material. The expertise of John Roberts just magnifies the inexperience of Chetry. Take a look at her bio on Cnn-pretty thin stuff compared to her fellow Cnn'ers. Klein just wanted a short skirt in front of that camera that had a pretty smile. If he thought Fox viewers would follow this woman to Cnn, he must have been out of his mind. Campbell Brown would have been perfect for the role.

Anonymous said...

pwned!!

Anonymous said...

@anon:5:20PM; Is there anyone left at CNN besides a few reporters like Gary Tuchman and Drew Griffin that could be considered hard news journalists? CNN is nothing more than commentary, opinion, and innuendo. Look at what they have done to 360? They have turned a fairly decent program into the late night version of "Regis & Kelly." Their producers are so desperate to attract "younger" viewers that they have started a mindless caption contest that could only appeal to the most immature of minds.

Anonymous said...

I remember the days of Bernard Shaw, Lou Waters and Bobbie Batista. Those anchors seemed like adults with authority. Now the anchors they have seem so much more juvenile, like some models just propped up there to read the lines they have been given. And what about Leon Harris? I always thought he was highly talented, as was Susan Rook.

winged unicorn said...

fascinating. the synonyms they use in press releases when the words "fired" "pink slipped" "canned" would more likely be accurate reflections of life. who next? is CNN going the way of all things?

Blade said...

Was this guy a complete dolt, or was he just following orders?

(ie, did he jump ship to follow you, or did he just get caught up by a wave of bullshiat?)