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February 21, 2005

The new, old CNN

Speaking of CNN:

For a network that has built its reputation on predictability, CNN Headline News is undergoing some dramatic changes on Monday.

The network will debut a new prime-time lineup that dispenses with its usual continuous "wheel" of news. Like all-news radio stations, Headline News has run half-hour newscasts throughout the day and evening for its entire 23-year history.

The new lineup includes an hour-long entertainment program, a legal talk show with Nancy Grace as host and an hour-long newscast at 9 p.m.

"By the time you get to prime-time in this day and age, most people are aware of the headlines of the day and want some different, distinctive programming," said Ken Jautz, executive vice president of the CNN News Group.

Translation: Headline News' ratings sag during the evening. But the network is pleased with daytime ratings, and that format is remaining the same.

You can slap all the new paint you want to on that rickety ole, left-leaning shack, but it'll still be a rickety ole, left-leaning shack. People are tired of it.

Posted by Jack Lewis at February 21, 2005 09:46 AM

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