Group of journalists slams CNN for lack of diversity in streaming programming
A group of prominent Hispanic journalists is criticizing CNN for its lack of Latino representation as part of its new host list for its soon-to-be-launched streaming service.
The National Association of Hispanic Journalists, in a statement this week, said it was “appalled by the lack of Latino journalists” hired to host programs on CNN+, which is expected to go live this month.
“This lack of representation is not only disrespectful to our diverse community, but also ignores the pool of well-qualified Latino talent within the organization,” the organization said. “We expect Chris Licht to do better in ensuring that CNN hosts delivering the news reflect the communities they cover and that the most diverse candidates are given equal opportunity.”
Licht was tapped over the weekend to become CNN’s new president. He will oversee all of the network’s news programming, including its streaming efforts.
Last week, CNN unveiled a full roster of reporters and personalities set to host news, discussion and reporting programs on CNN+.
These hosts include longtime network faces like Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and Don LemonDon Carlton LemonLawmakers to receive briefing from Biden administration on Thursday Explosions heard in major Ukrainian cities after Putin announcement Family of black teenagers arrested at New Jersey mall hire Benjamin Crump MORE. They also include newcomers to the outlet like Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceFive Unanswered Questions About the Crisis at CNN Jemele Hill and Cari Champion Join CNN+ Zucker’s ouster from CNN looks crummy at best MOREAudie Cornish and Jemel Hill.
Actress, producer and activist Eva Longoria is among the new faces coming to CNN for her streaming service.
Longoria, who is the daughter of Mexican-American parents, is hosting CNN’s upcoming original series titled “Eva Longoria: Searching for Mexico,” as a new iteration of the critically acclaimed “Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy.”
“As a long-time partner of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, we are proud to launch CNN+ with a wide variety of programming, including the previously announced Eva Longoria: Searching for Mexico, which is currently in production,” said one. network spokesperson in a statement. The Hill on Diversity Wednesday. “We continue to have discussions with reporters across the industry about opportunities for CNN+ and look forward to announcing more diverse shows, talent and content offerings soon.”
CNN parent company WarnerMedia is currently in the midst of a massive merger with media conglomerate Discovery and is moving forward following the sudden resignation of its former chairman, Jeff Zucker, last month amid revelations of a romantic relationship with another high profile staff member and allegations of ethical misconduct by former top presenter Chris CuomoChris CuomoDiscovery appoints Chris Licht to head CNN CNN to replace Zucker with Chris Licht: Report Former CNN executive discussed interview topics with Andrew Cuomo: Report MORE.