CNN announced on Tuesday that it would pull the plug on its long-running network of airports, which will cause rejoicing among many critics of the network on social media.
Network President Jeff Zucker has announced that CNN’s network of airports will officially end on March 31, citing “a deep drop in airport traffic due to COVID-19, along with all the new ways people consume content on their personal devices.” “
“Saying goodbye to a much-loved brand is not easy,” Zucker wrote. “I want to thank our friends and colleagues who contributed to its success and celebrate the fact that the CNN airport network has informed millions of local passengers for 30 years. It has also become an iconic part of the travel experience in this country. “
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For years, CNN critics mocked the network against Trump because he relied heavily on airport passengers for its viewership, which was chosen for much of Trump̵
“The best. News. NEVER,” NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Huck said on Twitter.
“Wtf I love COVID now …” jokes US viewer editor Amber Atey.
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“2021 is already in demand,” writes Daily Wire senior editor Emily Zanotti.
“CNN has just lost 95 percent of its viewership,” said conservative commentator Matt Walsh.
“You hate to see it, and of course I mean CNN at the airport,” said Twitter conservative David Burg.
For decades, CNN was the only network that appeared on television at airports while passengers waited in front of gates, bars, food courts and luggage carousels.
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CNN Airport does not use exactly the same feed as standard CNN, as additional sports and weather segments are added while some graphic videos are removed. CNN Airport also tries not to broadcast any coverage of plane crashes or other disasters that could scare passengers.
As part of the deal, CNN pays airports to leave the network, and many tourist centers even have agreements in which CNN pays for their TVs and infrastructure. Earlier, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that airports also receive “up to six minutes every hour to promote the airport or local attractions” as part of the deal.
“CNN Airport covers the cost of TVs and related infrastructure, provides programs specifically for airports, and pays us for the opportunity to be at our facility,” a Minneapolis-St. Paul spokesman told Fox News in 2018. while the Miami International spokesman simply pointed to a document proving that CNN was willing to pay the most.
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Long-term contracts typically give CNN the ability to organize content seen by travelers, whether they like it or not. The eight-year contract, signed in 2016, promises Miami International Airport a “maximum annual guarantee of $ 150,000” that can be adjusted annually to ensure that the deal is on par with similar airports.
For years, the agreements blurred the line between news and advertising, as the network blurred the line between news and political activism.
Brian Flood of Fox News contributed to this report.