CNN, post-Amanpour, needs a new face

Commentary: It’s now a network without a strong identity
By Jon Friedman, MarketWatch
March 24, 2010, 12:01 a.m. EDT

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — CNN has lost its way.

During its best moments, Christiane Amanpour symbolized what CNN prides itself on: a commitment to reporting hard news.  At CNN, Amanpour did this so well, and for so long, that she evolved as the face of the network. Now, she has agreed to join ABC News as the host of “This Week,” its Sunday morning program.

CNN has lost its most charismatic journalist and its signature correspondent. Yes, John King is hard-working and earnest. Candy Crowley is authoritative. Anderson Cooper is known for displaying empathy. But none of them projects Amanpour’s most noteworthy qualities: fearlessness and intelligence.  READ MORE

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