CNN Founder’s Biographer Says He Is “Really Unhappy” With The Current State Of CNN
Even the founder of CNN is not happy with the state of the network.
Ted Turner’s biographer Porter Bibb said, “When I look at CNN today, I cry for Ted Turner because he’s really unhappy…It’s really tragic that Ted has Lewy body syndrome right now and is not 100% capable of stepping in and returning CNN to its heritage. But I know he’s really unhappy and very disillusioned.”
The man who chronicled the life of CNN founder Ted Turner wishes the media mogul was healthy enough to restore credibility to the once-proud network.
Journalist-turned-investor Porter Bibb authored the 1993 biography of Turner, “It Ain’t As Easy As It Looks: Ted Turner’s Amazing Story,” which details the early days of CNN. Turner changed the landscape of television news with the creation of the 24-hour cable news network in 1980, but in recent years the network has struggled to resonate with Americans.
“When I look at CNN today, I cry for Ted Turner because he’s really unhappy,” Bibb told Fox News Digital.
“It’s really tragic that Ted has Lewy body syndrome right now and is not 100% capable of stepping in and returning CNN to its heritage. But I know he’s really unhappy and very disillusioned,” Bibb said.
“Look what Ted Turner created 40-odd years ago in CNN. It was all news when it happened, where it happened from site. They’ve lost that,” Bibb said, noting that much of CNN’s daytime programming is filled with anchors “standing around on the set.”
CNN’s ratings continue to drop.
Their ratings were so bad in May that even Trump’s town hall, which brought in 3.3 million viewers, couldn’t save it.
CNN posted a whopping 25% decline in primetime ratings in May compared to last year — even as the struggling network got a boost in viewership from its controversial town hall with former President Donald Trump during the month.
The Chris Licht-run news channel reeled in 494,000 average total viewers in primetime in May– and just 113,000 viewers in the key 25-54-year-old demographic, according to Nielsen.
May marked CNN’s lowest-rated month since March, which had the lowest viewership since April 2015.
The paltry May figures came despite CNN hauling in 3.3 million viewers from its May 10 Trump town hall hosted by correspondent Kaitlan Collins.
Americans don’t want to watch fake news.