It’s been a hard week for women at cable news network HLN, as the CNN channel fired three well-known female anchors and revamped their programming.
HLN was once a popular news channel, back when it was known as CNN Headline News, and offered a complete newscast every thirty minutes. After years of changing formats and programming, however, HLN has struggled to find viewers. Recently, it has been a mix of news-based talk shows and true-crime programming. The results have not been good: HLN currently ranks 49th among all basic cable channels, lagging behind Animal Planet, VH1, and Oxygen.
In response, HLN threw some of its well-known female anchors under the bus. On Tuesday, HLN fired Carol Costello, Ashleigh Banfield and Michaela Pereira, and overhauled its programming, with fewer news shows, and ending telecasts from New York City and Los Angeles. All three began their careers at CNN, but will not be moving back to the news network. That decision comes even as CNN has been criticized for not having many women in anchor roles. A move from HLN to CNN is not unprecedented – conservative commentator S.E. Cupp moved over last year, where she has flourished.
The three fired anchors were outspoken critics of President Donald Trump. Some examples, including video, are included below.
HLN – formerly known as Headline News – has struggled to maintain an identity in recent years and has been plagued with constant rebranding and programming shakeups. The network once famous for its news ticker and constant updates eventually pivoted to true crime and investigative programing before adding a handful of live, CNN-style studio shows.
The latest change eliminates all live programming other than “Morning Express with Robin Meade” and the daytime show “On the Story.”
“Across America with Carol Costello,” “Crime & Justice with Ashleigh Banfield,” and “Michaela” will be terminated, with the namesake hosts leaving the network. The move leaves three prominent female anchors without current gigs after TheWrap reported earlier this year that CNN had “significantly fewer women serving in visible on-air roles than either Fox News or MSNBC.”
The antagonism against President Trump from the three anchors is well documented.
Michaela Pereira made this noted defense of Hillary Clinton in this on-air debate with Jeffrey Lord, and didn’t hide her disdain for Donald Trump.
In one infamous – and ironic – moment, Pereira criticized Trump for allowing someone to call President Obama “Muslim,” only to refer to him as “President Muhammad” in the same sentence.
Ashleigh Banfield once blamed President Trump after she revealed that her young son was bullying kids in school, saying he learned it from the President’s use of the word “loser.”
And then there was this tirade over an anti-Hillary meme that blamed her for the deaths in Benghazi.
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