Jeff Zucker, CNN President In a memo sent to officials on Tuesday Blames the coronavirus outbreak that ended the CNN airport network after 30 years of operation.
Zucker announced that the network, which broadcasts at 54 US and Bermuda airports, will cease operations “as of March 31,” citing the disruption of air travel in the United States and around the world.
He also claims that travelers turn to streaming news on their personal devices.
“Airport traffic has been greatly reduced thanks to COVID-19, coupled with innovative ways people consume content on personal devices have reduced the need for CNN airport networks,” Zucker said in a note at The Hill.
“Saying goodbye to a beloved brand is no easy feat,” he continues. “I want to thank our friends and colleagues for contributing to this success and to celebrate the fact that for 30 years at the pitch network. Fly CNN has informed millions of domestic travelers. It has also become an outstanding part of the domestic travel experience. ”
Jeff Zucker informed CNN officials, “The CNN Airport Network will end its operations on March 31.”
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People briefed about it, told Los Angeles Times The CNN airport network, backed by ads, is no longer considered profitable. The shutdown will result in about two dozen layoffs at CNN’s Atlanta headquarters.
CNN Airport Network was first launched in 1990.
Air travel has declined during the epidemic, although the transport security agency counts millions of planes on boarding close to Thanksgiving and Christmas.