CNN + is shutting down, effective April 30, sources say

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Warner Bros. Discovery is shutting down CNN +, according to two people familiar with the matter.

An official announcement is coming at noon ET, one of the people said. Operations will halt April 30. CNN + leader Andrew Morse is leaving Warner Bros. Discovery, the people said.

WarnerMedia launched the standalone news service less than a month ago on March 29.

New CNN head Chris Licht has been working behind the scenes with other executives at Warner Bros. Discovery for several weeks to analyze a streaming strategy for CNN, one of the people said. The decision to shut down CNN + is based on his recommendation, the person said. Licht will address CNN staffers at a noon meeting Thursday, one of the people said. Licht’s official start date is May 1.

CNN + had fewer than 10,000 daily active viewers about two weeks after its launch, CNBC reported last week.

Warner Bros. Discovery leadership wants to use CNN programming to bolster a larger streaming bundle that will combine the best of WarnerMedia and Discovery, as CNBC has previously reported.

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