The lack of diversity on CNN is set to be addressed by the news network's chief, Jeff Zucker, sometime today, Black Voices reports. Zucker will hold a meeting with members of the National Association of Black Journalists to outline his commitment to adding more people of color to the mix.
Zucker's reported meeting comes on the heels of Soledad O'Brien losing her position as morning anchor with the company. The Emmy-winning journalist has been a fixture on the network for several years, and helmed the popular Black In America series. “CNN absolutely, positively needed to be changed,” O'Brien said. “People outside and inside the building knew that. Jeff has done exactly what he said would do. For the people who are there, he's going to be great. He brings a sense of focus and vision.”
Regarding her relationship with Zucker, O'Brien had good things to say. “I like the guy. I think he likes me. We have not had one negative conversation. He wanted me to be part of the team. I wanted to be part of the team.”
The fate of Black CNN correspondent, Roland Martin, is still unknown.
According to sources behind the scenes, employees with the network expressed displeasure with the lack of growth opportunities for Black producers, while two years ago, the NAACP blasted CNN for not being diverse enough.