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The boss of the news network warns of potential staff departures following the axing of “Reliable Sources” and a controversial exit of Brian Stelter

Brian Stelter’s departure from CNN must have come as a relief to some of his staff.

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Licht was also frustrated by what he saw as false assumptions in media coverage of CNN’s future plans. The executive emphasized to the staff that these plans are subject to change and that only a select few in CNN’s upper management are aware of them.

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The merger has resulted in Warner Bros. Discovery cutting costs and laying off employees.

When Stelter left, questions were immediately raised about the future of Warner Bros. Discovery and its largest investor, John Malone.

In a November interview with CNBC, Malone expressed his desire for CNN to “evolve back to the kind of journalism that it started with, and actually have journalists,” as the Justice Department investigated the merger. Following Jeff Zucker’s February departure from the network, Stelter wrote in his newsletter and discussed Malone’s potential influence. In his article, he claimed that Malone’s remarks “stoked fears that Discovery might stifle CNN journalists and steer away from calling out indecency and injustice.”

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A merger between Discovery and WarnerMedia would be “a big synergy combination,” according to media mogul and billionaire John Malone.

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