CNN suspends Chris Cuomo, Disney names a new board chair

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CNN has suspended host Chris Cuomo after it was revealed that he helped his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, fend off allegations of misconduct. Photo by REUTERS/Mike Blake.

CNN suspended cable news host Chris Cuomo after new revelations detailed the extent of his efforts to help his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, fend off allegations of misconduct. 

Emails and text messages show that Cuomo tried to get background on his brother’s accusers and was snooping on reporters, trying to figure out what they were up to. 

Cuomo’s behavior reflects poorly on CNN and specifically Jeff Zucker, the head of the network. Zucker should have known what Cuomo was up to and launched an internal investigation much earlier on. 

This is a bad time for the CNN brand to be in a vulnerable position — the network is losing viewers and trying to launch into the digital space. 

Disney, meanwhile, is in a moment of transition. 

When Bob Iger officially leaves the company at the end of the year, he’ll be succeeded by Susan Arnold, the first woman and first openly gay person to lead the Disney board of directors. She’s a 14-year board member, and her taking over for Iger is seen as a move of stability.

While Iger came from a creative background, that’s not the case with Arnold. She worked almost 30 years at Procter & Gamble and also spent time in the world of private equity. That fits with the direction Disney is headed in generally. Bob Chapek, the current CEO of the company, came from consumer products and theme parks, rather than creative programming. 

During his years at Disney, Iger saw the acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Fox. His departure marks the end of an era. Where he heads next is still an open question. There was talk of him serving as ambassador to China, but that never came to be. Now there’s the possibility that he could own a sports team or take on another big public role.

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