CNN’s Jeff Zucker praises staff: “You are the glue that keeps us on the air and all together”

On Friday night, CNN president Jeff Zucker sent a memo to staff, praising them for the work they are doing in historic times. “We are informing the world in extraordinary ways. The work you are doing continues to be unprecedented and unparalleled. For those of you who head out to the front lines every day, in the field and on the air from locations around the globe, you are making us so proud,” Zucker wrote.

The memo came after afternoon news anchor Brooke Baldwin announced that she, like colleague Chris Cuomo, tested positive for the coronavirus.

Zucker went on, “And for those behind the scenes, working from home, heading into control rooms and master control, you are the glue that keeps us on the air and all together. Someday, the true story of how you have each done this will be told. And the world will be amazed.”

Most of CNN’s anchors are doing their shows from home, while the remaining hosts are doing their shows in the bureau’s small flash cam studios, so they are limited to the amount of people they are around.

After noting that the CNN chief was often asked how long he anticipated the coronavirus lasting, he said, “I fear that it may be a while longer than we may have initially anticipated.”

(H/t Oliver Darcy)

CNN’s Brooke Baldwin tests positive for coronavirus

CNN Newsroom anchor Brooke Baldwin has tested positive for coronavirus, she announced today on Instagram. She anchored her show as recently as yesterday.

“I am OKAY. It came on suddenly yesterday afternoon. Chills, aches, fever. I’ve been social distancing. Doing ALL the things we’re being told to do. Still — it got me.”

Baldwin added, “I’m healthy… no underlying conditions… Honestly, I feel like one of the lucky ones. I look forward to being back on [TV] and seeing you real soon.”

Unlike fellow anchor Chris Cuomo, who is still anchoring despite coronavirus, Baldwin will be taking some time off.

Brooke Baldwin counts to 30 on air to prove shooting took just as long as calling elected leaders

CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin took thirty seconds on air Monday afternoon to count, showing just how long it took in Dayton, Ohio, for a shooter to kill nine and injure thirty-seven. In thirty seconds, the police took down the gunman.

In thirty seconds, Baldwin reasons, you can reach out to your elected officials.

“In just 30 seconds, a gunman murdered nine people and left 37 injured right here in Dayton, Ohio. In just 30 seconds, police took down that gunman, saving hundreds of lives. And in just 30 seconds, you can call your elected representative and demand they do something about this,” Baldwin said Monday on CNN Right Now.


CNN did not return a request for comment from TheWrap.

On Wednesday, the network will hold a town hall event moderated by Chris Cuomo on guns.

CNN has begun broadcasting from Hudson Yards

Almost all of CNN’s New York-based staff has made the move to their new New York City headquarters at Hudson Yards. A lot of moving occurred earlier in April.

This morning at 4am ET, CNN’s new newsroom studio from Hudson Yards made its debut for Early Start, anchored by hosts Dave Briggs and Christine Romans. New Day aired from its usual Studio 71 at Columbus Circle. It isn’t immediately clear when the network’s marquee programming, from New Day, to Erin Burnett OutFront, Anderson Cooper 360, Cuomo Primetime, or CNN Tonight will make the jump to Hudson Yards, but At This Hour with Kate Bolduan and both editions of CNN Newsroom, the first block with Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto, and then the afternoon edition of Brooke Baldwin, are to utilize the new Hudson Yards set.
Hudson Yards

CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin disappears mid-show, later explains it was an ocular migraine

CNN Newsroom anchor Brooke Baldwin hosted roughly thirty minutes of her two hour broadcast from New York on Thursday afternoon before disappearing, People magazine noted. After returning from a commercial break, her 1pm colleague Brianna Keilar was in the anchor chair, hosting the remainder of her show.

Later, after fans reached out to question her absence, Baldwin explained she had an ocular migraine that took her off air, kicking the show to Washington, DC, where Keilar took over with just minutes’ notice.

People magazine noted that migraine “subtypes that are characterized by a variety of visual disturbances including visual loss, blind spots, zig-zag lines, or seeing stars.”

Baldwin explained that in her TV anchoring experience, this was the first instance where she got it while on air.

Cooper, Cohen + Lemon, Baldwin lead with their New Year’s Eve special

CNN’s New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen was the second highest rated ever among 25-54 during the 8pm-12:30am time period, second only to last year’s debut with Cohen as co-host, the network touted in a release. This year, CNN was #1 in cable news averaging 786k, Fox News followed with 262k and MSNBC had 164k among adults 25-54. In total viewers, CNN was top rated with 1.820 million, Fox had 1.383 million and MSNBC had 1.075 million.

During the 11pm-12:30am time period, Cooper and Cohen easily beat MSNBC and Fox combined among all demos. In total viewers, CNN had 2.797 million, Fox had 1.840 million and MSNBC averaged 691k. Among 25-54, CNN was top rated with 1.197 million, Fox News had 358k and MSNBC had 113k. The CNN special also attracted a much younger audience than MSNBC or Fox News, posting a median age of 52 years vs. MSNBC’s 68 years and Fox’s 64 years during the 11pm-12:30am time period.

And CNN’s late night New Year’s Eve special with Don Lemon and Brooke Baldwin was #1 in its time period (12:30-1am), delivering 1.837 million total viewers, +51% more than Fox’s 1.218 million and +246% more than MSNBC’s 531k. In the demo adults 25-54, CNN topped MSNBC and Fox combined with 778k, to Fox’s 259k and MSNBC’s 93k.

Brooke Baldwin ties the knot

CNN Newsroom anchor Brooke Baldwin tied the knot over the weekend to her fiance, James Fletcher. She announced on Twitter she will be off the air for two weeks on her honeymoon.

Baldwin and Fletcher met three years ago and got engaged since last summer during a trip to Hawaii.

Brooke Baldwin helps friend get a better, fairer salary

It isn’t just CNN International anchor Christiane Amanpour who argues for pay equality; the 2:00-4:00 anchor on CNN, Brooke Baldwin, did something that she’s “never done before”: she told her friend what her salary was to help her get a better contract.

In an interview with Variety, she said that she told “a girlfriend what I make and tell her about my contract in detail so that she can be armed with information to use in discussing her contract with her TV network. I think it was a scary moment, but at the same time it emboldened her. I think we need more of that to help other women make what they deserve.”