Thursday, November 03, 2005

CNN’s Aaron Brown Is Out

I don’t think he wanted in. There have been signs that Aaron Brown was not sure he wanted to work at CNN. Brown went on the payroll at CNN in July, 2000. On the fifth anniversary of his first show he said he’d signed another contract. And, oddly, he said, “After that, we’ll see.” Before that, on February 1, 2003 when the space shuttle Columbia broke apart, Brown didn’t come in to work. Reports were that he was playing golf. The New York Times reported this morning, “Jonathan Klein, the president of CNN/U.S., said today that he and Mr. Brown had mutually agreed that Mr. Brown would leave the cable news network because the new CNN lineup left ‘no options’ for a program that would include Mr. Brown.” It would be interesting to know the ins and outs of the CNN/Aaron Brown tug-of-war, but Brown has not been happy for sometime. And being paired with Anderson Cooper was not going to work in anyone’s alternate reality. For once, the old “mutually agreed” rhetoric was probably true. I’m an Aaron Brown fan. I hope he turns up somewhere and soon, with a show and lineup of his choosing. Good luck, Aaron!

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