The New York Times reported on Wednesday that “John King USA,” which has been on the air since March of 2010, has been yanked from the network lineup. The show will end on June 29th. In its place, Wolf Blitzer’s “The Situation Room” will expand back to three hours.
In a memo to staff, CNN president Ken Jautz said that King will become the network’s “lead campaign correspondent.”
The shift comes as CNN is struggling through one of its worst ratings crises in decades. In May, the network saw its primtetime ratings hit a 20-year low. Jeffrey Bewkes, the CEO of Time Warner, and Phil Kent, the CEO of Turner, both sternlyexpressed their dissatisfaction with the plunge.
“We have some other shows that probably need to be replaced,” Kent told a media summit at the end of May.
Read Jautz’ memo, obtained by HuffPost’s Michael Calderone, below:
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