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CNN

CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker on Monday said the company plans to launch its new streaming service called CNN+ in the first quarter of 2022, sources on the company's editorial call tell Axios. The company publicly announced the news minutes later with more detail.

Why it matters: CNN is committing to building out a standalone streaming news operation, after a few failed attempts at creating a standalone streaming app with original content, most notably CNN Pipeline.

  • Several of CNN's TV news rivals, like NBC News and CBS News, have also been investing heavily in standalone streaming news properties.
  • Sources tell Axios CNN plans to hire hundreds of people to help launch the initiative, across all types of content verticals, including news, lifestyle and more.

Details: The new service will feature original, live, on-demand and interactive programming that is separate from CNN's live TV channels, the company said in a statement.

  • At launch, the service will have 8–12 hours of live, daily programming that features CNN’s most prominent talent.
  • It will launch with a library that includes past seasons of original CNN films and shows like "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," "Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy," "This is Life with Lisa Ling," and "United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell."
  • It will build on that library with original series and films developed for CNN+, the company said. More details on that will be revealed later this year.
  • The company also announced new leadership roles for the platform. Andrew Morse, chief digital officer for CNN Worldwide, is the executive in charge of CNN+. Other executives with key roles include Alex MacCallum, who will be general manager of CNN+, and Rebecca Kutler, who will serve as senior vice president and head of programming for CNN+.

What they're saying: “CNN invented cable news in 1980, defined online news in 1995 and now is taking an important step in expanding what news can be by launching a direct-to-consumer streaming subscription service in 2022,” said Zucker, who also serves as chairman of WarnerMedia News and Sports.

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UN food chief: 2% of Elon Musk's fortune would help ease hunger crisis

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Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and other billionaires should donate 0.36% of their net worth to help save 42 million people from starvation, the UN's World Food Program (WFP) director said in an interview with CNN on Tuesday.

Why it matters: "We have a one-time crisis, a perfect storm of conflict, climate change and COVID" and America's super-rich need to "step up" with a one-time donation to help solve that, WFP chief David Beasley told CNN's "Connect the World."

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From restaurants to ride-sharing, Americans are tipping a lot more than they did before the pandemic.

Why it matters: The past two years have upended the way we express appreciation to the people who provide us food and services.

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Blizzard warnings are in effect for 11 million people from coastal Virginia to eastern Maine as a historic winter storm is set to slam the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast beginning Friday.

Why it matters: The storm will bring hazards ranging from zero visibility amid hurricane force wind gusts and heavy snow, to coastal flooding that will erode vulnerable beaches and threaten property from the Jersey shore to coastal Massachusetts.