Over the “miserable failure” of the new streaming platform CNN+, the former Fox News anchor Chris Wallace has been sobbing in front of his crew, according to reports.
According to the most recent statistics, CNN+ has not been a success, with just over 10,000 daily viewers and even less subscribers. According to CNBC:
According to sources familiar with the situation, less than 10,000 people use CNN+ every day now just two weeks after it debuted.
The individuals spoke on the condition of anonymity to CNBC because they were not permitted to discuss non-public information.
“CNN+ debuted on March 29. The subscription news streaming service, priced at $5.99 a month or $59.99 a year and is only accessible on Roku at the moment, isn’t yet available on Android TV. Despite this, the tiny audience casts doubts over the app’s future following the recent merger of Discovery and WarnerMedia into Warner Bros. Discovery.”
Chris Wallace, who departed Fox News late in 2021 to join CNN+, was not pleased about the news and has expressed his feelings to his employees, according to reporter Jon Nicosia.
“Chris Wallace is experiencing ‘daily breakdowns’ because of the ‘disappointing launch’ of [CNN+],” according to Nicosia. ‘”They go on about wanting a CNN show or threatening to leave. Staff count how many times per day his commercial plays,’ they claim.’”
Nicosia was also informed that Wallace is “saying to everyone who will listen” that he wants Chris Cuomo’s old time slot.
In December, Wallace announced his departure from Fox News for CNN+ and declared that he was excited about the “new opportunity.”
“I’m delighted to be joining CNN+. I’ve spent decades in broadcast and cable news, and now I’m looking forward to exploring the world of streaming,” he said.
According to a source close to the situation, Wallace recently told the NY Times that he departed Fox News because his coworkers “started to question the truth” about the January 6th street violence on Capitol Hill.
“I’m comfortable with a wide range of views, including conservative and liberal ones,” Wallace told The New York Times. “However, when individuals start to question the validity of facts — Who won the 2020 election? Was Jan. 6 an insurrection? — I found it impossible to continue.”