CNN Cuts 'Crossfire,' 'Unguarded' Amidst Turner Cost Austerity - Multichannel

CNN Cuts 'Crossfire,' 'Unguarded' Amidst Turner Cost Austerity

'CNN Money,' 'Sanjay Gupta, M.D.' Also Out Amidst Workforce Reduction
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A number of CNN shows have evidently got caught in the crossfire of Turner Broadcasting System's belt tightening and workforce reduction.

Crossfire, Unguarded, CNN Money With Christine Romans and Sanjay Gupta, M.D. are casualties of sluggish ratings and cost-austerity.

For Crossfire, the cut comes little more than a year after CNN revived the show. Hosts Newt Gingrich, S.E. Cupp, Stephanie Cutter and Van Jones will redmain with the network as political commentators. Some of the staff had already been integrated into other parts of CNN, following the show going on hiatus in March.

Sports interview series Unguarded, helmed by former ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols, is also off the news network's roster. Nichols will remain as a contributor with CNN and host primetime specials, while continuing to work with Turner Sports.

Romans remains with the network with morning show Early Start and continue to service as a chief buisness anchor.

Gupta's show will be phased out and his group will refocus on breaking news coverage.

The cancellations come amid staff cuts and buyouts that are restructuring Time Warner's Turner under its 2020 plan to pare costs and boost ratings.

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