NewsNation signs Chris Cuomo – Los Angeles Times

Veteran television journalist Chris Cuomo returns to cable news with a new primetime show on NewsNation beginning in the fall, less than a year after his messy split from CNN.

Cuomo, 51, announced his new deal Tuesday in an interview with NewsNation host Dan Abrams. It was Cuomo’s first television appearance since he was fired from CNN in December after an eight-year tenure.

The fierce Cuomo was the most-watched personality on CNN before he was fired for advising his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, on how to deal with sexual harassment complaints filed against him. Andrew Cuomo eventually resigned in August 2021 over the allegations.

While CNN executives were aware that Chris Cuomo had consulted with his brother, they claimed not to know the extent of the host’s involvement with the former governor’s staff, according to a report by the New York State Atty. General Leticia James.

In March, Cuomo’s attorneys filed a request for arbitration with the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Service, saying that CNN executives were fully aware that he was advising his brother. He is demanding $125 million from his former employer.

An investigation into Cuomo’s actions, conducted by an outside law firm hired by CNN, found an undisclosed romantic relationship between former CNN President Jeff Zucker and his top assistant, Allison Gollust, in violation of parent company WarnerMedia’s corporate policies. Both executives were forced to resign prior to WarnerMedia’s merger with Discovery Inc.

Before Cuomo was fired, a former co-worker at ABC News accused him of sexual misconduct over an incident that allegedly occurred while they were working together. Cuomo denied the allegation, which was a factor in CNN’s decision to cut ties with him.

While Cuomo will arrive at NewsNation with some baggage, he will still be the most prominent on-air talent on the cable network, which hasn’t attracted many viewers since its September 2020 launch.

Dan Abrams and Chris Cuomo at the NewsNation studios in New York.

Dan Abrams and Chris Cuomo at the NewsNation studios in New York.

NewsNation was created by Irving, TX-based Nexstar Media Group as an unbiased alternative to the opinionated prime-time anchors of CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. Cuomo as one of those hosts could undermine that positioning.

Cuomo, who was previously an ABC News anchor and correspondent, tried to tone down the perception that he is a partisan liberal commentator on his recently launched podcast. Despite growing up in a prominent Democratic political family, the son of three-time New York Governor Mario Cuomo, he admitted to voting the Republican for president.

In his new role, Cuomo will be reunited with Michael Corn, who heads the NewsNation editorial team. A former top executive at ABC News, Corn worked closely with Cuomo during her years on ABC’s Good Morning America.

Despite the low viewership for NewsNation, which Nielsen says averages around 60,000 in prime time – a fraction of its longtime competitors – Nexstar remains committed to building the channel.

Chicago-based NewsNation took over the station position from WGN America, an entertainment network that aired reruns of network sitcoms and dramas. The channel still runs scripted shows due to contractual commitments, which leaves NewsNation not a focal point for viewers when breaking news occurs throughout the day.

NewsNation currently has 11 hours of live news per day, with plans to expand to 24 hours by mid-2023. The network has recruited staff, adding former Fox News political director Chris Stirewalt, Dray Clark, a New York correspondent for the Black News Channel, and George Will, the veteran conservative analyst, as a senior political staffer. NewsNation signs Chris Cuomo – Los Angeles Times

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