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Alex MacCallum: We Want Subscribers to Drive the Conversation on CNN+

During a segment on “Reliable Sources,” host Brian Stelter spoke with Alex MacCallum and Andrew Morse about the new platform that debuts this week.

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CNN+ launches this week. The cable news channel is the latest to dive into the streaming service game; nonetheless, they will have competition from rival networks such as Fox News which has Fox Nation, and NBC News providing NBC News Now, etc. 

During a segment on “Reliable Sources,” host Brian Stelter spoke with Alex MacCallum, CNN+ General Manager and Head Of Product and Andrew Morse, CNN+ Executive VP, Chief Digital Officer, and Head of CNN+ about the new platform.

The two discussed how their streaming service stands apart from their competitors as they’ll want subscribers to migrate from their competitors like Fox News, CBS, ABC, and NBC. 

“So there are three things that we’re trying to do. The first is efficiency. We want people to be able to watch what they want to watch when they want to watch, where they want to watch it,” MacCallum said. 

“The second is live. So, we will have eight new shows every day, of best in class excellent programming. And the third thing is empowerment. We want to — with Interview Club — allow users and subscribers to really drive the conversation and go deep on the stories that really matter to them.”

Morse adds that CNN plans to use all its global resources that will allow them to stand out from the competitors. 

“Well, we see a really unique opportunity for us because of what CNN is. So let’s start there. CNN is a brand that’s known around the world. Aside from the BBC, there really is no other global news organization like CNN. So, we see a really substantial market opportunity,” Morse said. 

“If we look at the assets CNN has, global reporting resources, expertise in video, world-class talent and anchors, we see a different opportunity. If we had the resources and the brand of some of our broadcast news competitors, we probably would have taken a different path. But for us, we see a really substantial business opportunity.”

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Report: More Than a Third of Twitter’s Top 100 Advertisers Have Exited

CNN’s Oliver Darcy shared the reporting done by the Washington Post that more than a third of the top 100 Twitter advertisers have abandoned the platform.

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One of Elon Musk’s most significant challenges, as he now owns Twitter, lies on the financial side as the Tesla CEO attempts to make the social media stay afloat or at least somewhat profitable. 

However, CNN’s Oliver Darcy shared the reporting done by the Washington Post in his “Reliable Sources” newsletter that more than a third of Twitter’s top 100 advertisers have abandoned the platform.

With advertisers exiting, the lack of ad revenue is one of the most significant dangers to Twitter since it accounted for approximately 90 percent of its income last year.

The reporting also reveals that the pausing of ad campaigns is getting under Musk’s skin. The new Twitter owner lashed out at brands again Tuesday for “starving” the company of revenue. 

Musk also strongly suggested he never really created a “content moderation council” due to advertisers who “broke the deal” they allegedly had with him when they began exiting the platform after he “agreed to this condition.”

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Elon Musk: Ownership of Twitter Isn’t ‘Right-Wing Takeover’

Tesla CEO Elon Musk spoke with those who are still with the company, reassuring them that his ownership isn’t a “right-wing takeover.”

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Last week saw Twitter have another mass exodus of staffers and Tesla CEO Elon Musk spoke with those who are still with the company, reassuring them that his ownership isn’t a “right-wing takeover.”

Furthermore, Musk stated that he doesn’t plan on moving the platform to Texas despite many suggesting he do so since, for him, it would send a wrong message. 

“If we want to move the headquarters to Texas, I think it would play into the idea that Twitter has gone from being left-wing to right-wing, which is not the case,” Musk said (h/t The Verge). “This is not a right-wing takeover of Twitter. It is a moderate-wing takeover of Twitter.”

However, Musk is open to the idea of having dual headquarters, one in San Francisco and another in Texas, but for now, his objective appears to be stabilizing the company after a rocky transition. 

Musk indicated he might be done with slashing employees, telling employees to refer potential staffers for engineering and sales positions.

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Blaze TV Hosts React To Controversy With Elon Musk, Twitter

Blaze TV hosts are reacting to the ongoing controversy involving Twitter as the company has seen mass layoffs under Elon Musk.

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Blaze TV hosts are reacting to the ongoing controversy involving Twitter. Last week, CBS News said it was halting its activity on the platform amid layoffs and resignations at the company. 

Jeff Fisher joined Pat Gray and Steve Burguiere aka Stu, on the “Glenn Beck Show ” Monday to discuss some of the latest developments involving Twitter including owner Elion Musk banning conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. 

Burguiere said it’s strange to see how left-leaning pundits have demonized Elon Musk following his acquisition of Twitter. 

“This guy should be a liberal icon,” stated Burguiere. “We lose sight of this because he says things about free speech that I guess is exclusively a right-wing issue.” 

Burguiere said that Musk should be able to do anything that he wants with Twitter considering the amount of money he invested to purchase the company. 

“This whole thing that he’s the icon of free speech, I don’t know if that’s true,” added Burguiere. 

Musk announced recently that conspiracy theorist Alex Jones received a permanent ban on Twitter for his involvement in denying that the Sandy Hook massacre took place.

“He (Musk) has been a hard no on Alex no matter what,” said Fisher. 

“He has apologized for it,” Burguiere said. “He’s also been sued for billions of dollars over it.” 

“The thing about Alex Jones is that some of us don’t like what he said,” Gray remarked. “But, who cares, that’s what you call free speech.”

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