Under its new owner, CNN will "challenge the traditional philosophy of cable news" -- meaning avoiding the partisan "extremes" that have come to dominate cable news -- Chris Licht, CNN Worldwide's new chairman and CEO, said during the Warner Bros Discovery upfront presentation on Wednesday.
”The next chapter in CNN is one where we aspire to be a beacon for the kind of journalism essential to a functioning democracy,” Licht said. “At a time where extremes are dominating cable news, we will seek to go a different way reflecting the real lives of our viewers and elevating the way America and the world views this medium.”
Licht also promised to "reimagine" CNN's morning show in a way that will make it a "disruptor" in that space.
In addition, he announced that Chris Wallace's talk show "Who's Talking to Chris Wallace," originally created for the short-lived CNN+, will instead be refashioned to air on the CNN network on Sunday nights and stream on HBO Max.
Wallace's show will be part of a new block of Sunday night programming that will also include a new show featuring "investigations or far-flung human dramas" offered by CNN correspondents.
Wallace will also continue to serve as an anchor for CNN, which he joined in January 2022 after anchoring Fox News Sunday for nearly 20 years.