CNN makes ‘360’ EP vice president of primetime

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CNN has elevated the longtime executive producer of “Anderson Cooper 360” to vice president of primetime programming — a role that is both vital and wrought with challenges.

Charlie Moore was named to the position June 4, 2024, and will be responsible for programs in the 7 p.m. to midnight eastern block.

“Charlie will work with our prime executive producers to grow our primetime and support each program in showcasing our world-class journalism and delivering the best possible experience for our viewers,” reads an internal memo announcing the change.

Each of the EPs, including an interim leadership team installed at “360,” will report to Moore.

Moore’s role is both high profile and likely to be extremely challenging.

CNN’s overall ratings dips against MSNBC, Fox, digital and streaming news services has increased significantly over the years.

Meanwhile, primetime ratings haven’t done better. Most are down and it’s likely Moore has been charged with stemming that trend and, presumably, posting growth as well.

However he will do that, however, is an open mystery. So far, the network has tweaked with various combinations of talent and formats in primetime, with “AC360” and “Erin Burnett OutFront” remaining one of the only consistent parts of primetime, though neither regularly finish near the top of the ratings.

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It’s not clear how devoted to the current primetime lineup high level management is, though naming Moore to the role could indicate it’s looking for some new ideas. 

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