CEO of CNN Parent Company on Pandemic: ‘It’s Been Really Good for Ratings’ – Apologizes

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Jason Kilar, the CEO of Warner Media, which is the parent company to CNN, made comments on Thursday during a keynote address that sparked controversy:

It turns out the pandemic is a pretty big part of the news cycle and that’s not going away any time soon…

If you take a look at the ratings and the performance, it’s going well. I think it’s going well because A. the team at CNN is doing a fantastic job and B. it turns out the pandemic and the way that we can inform and help contextualize the business is really good for ratings.

After the statements were pointed out by Joe Flint on Twitter, Kilar apologized for his comments in the twitter thread embedded below: