TV personalities Gayle King and Charles Barkley will headline a brand new prime-time weekly CNN present, “King Charles,” debuting within the fall, the community introduced Saturday because it tries to engineer a turnaround amid tumbling rankings.
CNN chairman and CEO Chris Licht stated in a press release that the present “shall be an thrilling new manner we’re delivering culturally related programming and distinctive views to our viewers, from two extremely dynamic personalities.”
Licht stated King will proceed to anchor CBS Mornings, and former NBA star Barkley will proceed his present position at Warner Bros. Discovery Sports activities.
Showing on TNT to debate the brand new present, the duo stated they might discuss politics however that the present wouldn’t have a political slant.
“We don’t need to say, ‘We’re a liberal, conservative, Republican, Democrat,’” Barkley stated. “That’s one of many issues that’s already ruined tv usually.”
Cable information rankings are down throughout the board in comparison with 2022, when Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was recent within the information. CNN’s dip has been most dramatic — 61% in prime time in March.
CNN is a 12 months into new company administration with Warner Bros. Discovery, which employed ex-CBS producer Licht to run the community.
Licht’s revamp of “CNN This Morning” was plagued with dangerous publicity within the wake of co-host Don Lemon’s ill-advised reference to a girl’s “prime” years, which offended many.