CNN announced on Tuesday that it would cancel the connection to its long-running airport network, making many critics of the network on social media ecstatic.
Network President Jeff Zucker announced that CNN’s airport network will officially terminate on March 31, citing “due to COVID-19, plus all new ways people consume content on personal devices , The airport traffic has dropped sharply.”
Zach wrote: “It is not easy to say goodbye to such a popular brand.” “I want to thank friends and colleagues who have contributed to its success, and celebrate the fact that for 30 years, CNN Airport Network has enabled hundreds of Thousands of domestic travelers understand this fact. It has also become an iconic part of the country in the journey.”
With the development of the Internet, people’s doubts about CNN’s airport monopoly are increasing.
Over the years, CNN critics have been mocking the anti-Trump network’s heavy reliance on airport passenger ratings, which has been in trouble for most of Trump’s presidency.
Curtis Houck, editor-in-chief of NewsBusters, announced on Twitter: “Best news.
“I love COVID now…” Amber Athey, the American editor of the audience, joked.
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Emily Zanotti, Senior Editor of Daily Wire, wrote: “2021 is already on the rise.”
Conservative commentator Matt Walsh mocked: “CNN just lost 95% of its ratings.”
Twitter conservative David Burge said: “You hate seeing it, so of course I mean CNN at the airport.”
For decades, when passengers waited at gates, bars, food courts and baggage claim carousels, CNN was the only network that appeared on airport television.
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The feed used by CNN Airport is completely different from the feed used by standard CNN because some graphics videos have been removed and more sports and weather information have been added. CNN Airport also does its best not to report on plane crashes or other disasters that may frighten passengers.
As part of the deal, CNN paid the airport to exit the network, and many travel centers even reached an agreement in which CNN paid for its TV and infrastructure. The Philadelphia Inquirer previously reported that as part of the transaction, the airport also “gets up to six minutes per hour to promote the airport or local attractions.”
A representative of Minneapolis-St. Paul International told Fox News in 2018: “CNN Airport bears expenses related to television and related infrastructure, provides programs designed specifically for the airport, and pays us. The opportunity to enter our factory.” The spokesperson of International just pointed out a document proving that CNN is willing to pay the highest fee.
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Long-term contracts usually enable CNN to manage content that travelers like. The eight-year contract signed in 2016 promised Miami International Airport “the maximum annual guarantee amount is US$150,000”, and the guarantee amount may be adjusted every year to ensure that the transaction is on par with similar airports.
Over the years, the agreement has blurred the line between news and advertising because the Internet has blurred the line between news and political activism.
Brian Flood of Fox News contributed to this report.