Chris Wallace ‘Having Daily Breakdowns’ Over CNN+ Failure

Platform only drawing in close to 10,000 daily viewers.

QUICK FACTS:
  • Former Fox News anchor Chris Wallace has reportedly been breaking down in front of his crew over the “miserable failure” of the new streaming platform CNN+, Breitbart News reports.
  • The launch of CNN+ has not lived up to expectations, according to the latest statistics from CNBC, with the platform only drawing in close to 10,000 daily viewers and even fewer subscribers, although the people who spoke with CNBC did so on the condition of anonymity.
  • CNN+ launched on March 29, the subscription news streaming service charging $5.99 a month or $59.99 annually.
  • The smaller-than-expected audience casts doubt on the future of the application following the recently completed combination of Discovery and WarnerMedia into Warner Bros. Discovery, according to CNBC.
WALLACE COMPLAINS TO STAFFERS:
  • News of CNN+’s low ratings has not been well-received by Chris Wallace, who left Fox News in late-2021 to join the network, and he has reportedly voiced this frustration to his staffers, according to reporter Jon Nicosia, Breitbart notes.
  • “SOURCE: Chris Wallace is ‘having daily breakdowns’ over the ‘miserable launch’ of [CNN+],” Nicosia announced. “Wants a ‘CNN show or is threatening to walk’ they go on. ‘He is having staffers count how many times a day his promo is playing.’”
BACKGROUND:
  • Nicosia also reported that Wallace is “telling anyone that will listen he wants” Chris Cuomo’s old time slot, after announcing his decision to leave Fox News for CNN+ this past December and said he looked forward to the “new freedom.”
  • “I am thrilled to join CNN+. After decades in broadcast and cable news, I am excited to explore the world of streaming,” Wallace said.