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.
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