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CNN Abandons its Iconic Airport Network After Pandemic Drives Down Passenger Numbers

CNN Abandons its Iconic Airport Network After Pandemic Drives Down Passenger Numbers

CNN Airport Network will end its 30-year presence in airports across the United States in the coming weeks after Zeff Zucker, president of the Atlanta-based cable news network, told staffers that the COVID-19 pandemic had proved to be the final death knell for the iconic service.

“The steep decline in airport traffic because of COVID-19, coupled with all the new ways that people are consuming content on their personal devices, has lessened the need for the CNN Airport Network,” Zucker said in an internal memo shared with the media.

The Airport Network was first launched in 1991 and quickly became a staple part of air travel for many Americans. At its height, CNN had a permanent presence in 58 airports across the United States.

In recent years, the Airport Network has shown a mix of CNN news programming as well as snippets from other shows created by the WarnerMedia company which owns CNN.

Zucker said the Airport Network would be no more as of March 31, 2021.

“Having to say goodbye to such a beloved brand is not easy,” his memo continued. “I want to thank our friends and colleagues who have contributed to its success and to celebrate that fact that for 30 years, the CNN Airport Network has kept millions of domestic travelers informed. It also became an iconic part of the traveling experience in this country”.

On Tuesday, CNN said it had become the number 1 cable news channel in the United States, especially amongst adults aged between 25 and 54 years old.

View Comments (4)
  • Hilarious. CNN blatantly lies about being the #1 cable news channel in the U.S. when stats clearly show FOX News has blown them out of the water for years now. But that’s what CNN does: lie. That’s why their viewers are the most misinformed and uninformed people on the planet. Glad Trump managed to break them and free our airports from the democratic party’s primary propaganda voice of hate and division. Traveling will be a better experience without this evil company’s shrill message of negativity and partisan tantrums.

  • This is the best news I have heard in a while. The inescapable blaring of propaganda at innocent people just trying to catch a flight across the fruited plain has come to an end.

    Just hope it isn’t replaced by an all new msnbc airport channel lol.

  • Best news I’ve heard all day! At last, passengers are free from being held captive to CNN’s obnoxiously biased programming.

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