In case you haven't already seen, CNN has launched a new media competitor site to Buzzfeed, Vic, Mic, AJ+, et. al. It's called Great Big Story. Interesting thing to note is that the CNN logo is nowhere to be found on the site.
So when Ted Turner said that CNN was going to be playing "Nearer My God To Thee"—the song the band supposedly played when the Titanic went down—as the heavens opened up, as the fiery finger of God rained salt and brimstone from the sky, as the Earth beneath our feet opened from below and swallowed everything above, as the last CNN employee, in the last surviving CNN studio in the world, witnessed the end of existence before them, he meant it.
Seeing as we've been discussing Zucker's changes to CNN Domestic and International, I thought it might be interesting to see what might be happening to HLN, especially now that Scott Safon and Katherine Green both left.
I found this interesting — for the next two days, HLN is being shut down and running on a weekend schedule as the entire production staff is meeting for two days in Atlanta to discuss where HLN is headed:
The next phase of the HLN makeover begins today.
Network president Albie Hecht is in Atlanta for a 2-day network meeting with all production staff, TVNewser has learned. We hear the plan includes making HLN the “social media network,” bringing the immediacy of social media and translating it to TV.
Insiders tell us Hecht gave the pitch to HLN employees last night, while today off-site brainstorming sessions are being held with production teams. Most of today’s shows are on tape or replaced by weekend programming. HLN staffers from New York, Los Angles and Atlanta are attending the meeting at an Atlanta hotel.
Eh. I'm mixed as to what this means. I think this signifies the further advancement of Zucker's dream of CNN Domestic to be....whatever he thinks it should be. The way I view Maddox is that he's the devil we know...better than the devil we don't know. If anything, I suppose that means that International is mostly spared from Zuckerdom, while it probably means that Domestic and International will now share even less content.