Newest streamer shuts down only three weeks after launch

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Three weeks after its launch, CNN’s new streaming service is already planning to shut down.

The media giant confirmed Thursday Warner Bros. Discovery will shutter the streaming news service on April 30.

In a statement Thursday, CNN Worldwide Chairman and CEO Chris Licht said the network is part of the company’s broader streaming vision, and expects to combine elements of it with a planned merger of HBO Max and Discovery+, the company’s two entertainment-focused streaming services.

“We have therefore made the decision to cease operations of CNN+ and focus our investment on CNN’s core news-gathering operations and in further building CNN Digital,” said Licht.

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Andrew Morse, chief digital officer of CNN Worldwide and the head of CNN+, will leave the company following a transition period.

The decision to drop CNN+ marks a stunning reversal for the media giant, who had billed the fledgling service as one of the most important launches since CNN debuted more than 40 years ago. But WarnerMedia, CNN’s former parent, was acquired by Discovery on April 11, and the new owner had a different strategic vision for its streaming networks.

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