CNN has announced it will be shutting down its airport network after nearly 30 years.
In a memo sent to CNN staff on Tuesday, president Jeff Zucker notified employees “the CNN Airport Network will end operations as of March 31.”
“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.”
Jeff Zucker has notified CNN staff that "the CNN Airport Network will end operations as of March 31."
"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…" pic.twitter.com/9se3oCw1gr
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) January 12, 2021
CNN officially launched the 24-hour network in early 1992 after a short test run and is currently carried in at least 58 airports across the United States.
Many international airports also carry a version of CNN geared towards a captive global audience.
CNN claims the airport network reaches 329 million annual viewers via more than 2,400 screens located in gates, bars, baggage claim areas, lounges, and other terminal locations.
In 2013, Philly.com reporter Stu Bykofsky was asked by a friend to find why televisions throughout the Philadelphia International Airport were dominated by the network.
“A neighbor who was disturbed by the volume of the TV asked the agent at a nearby desk to lower it and the agent said he couldn’t,” Bykofsky wrote. “He also couldn’t explain why the TVs all carry CNN.”
“Gate agents do not have a remote control, so the channel cannot be changed and the volume is actually controlled by CNN from a remote location. Auto controlled variable sound levels are adjusted by the ambient noise of passengers.”
In 2017, Project Veritas captured CNN producer Jimmy Carr explaining that most airports air CNN because “it doesn’t piss anyone off.”
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