WarnerMedia the owner of CNN is planning to launch CNN+ a new subscription streaming service in 2022,
The CNN+ news service – which will exist separately from cable channels CNN, CNN international, CNN en Español and news and true crime channel HLN – is geared toward “CNN superfans, news junkies and fans of quality non-fiction programming,” the company said in a press release.
At launch, CNN+ will feature 8-12 hours of live, daily programming, which will include both library content and new original series and films developed for the service. The streaming service will be available on the CNN app, which will also include TV feeds of CNN and related cable channels for pay TV subscribers.
It is not clear whether CNN President Jeff Zucker, who in February said he intended to leave CNN at the end of 2021, will stay and be involved with the CNN+ launch. Zucker and Discovery Chief Executive David Zaslav, who will lead Discovery Warner Bros. – the proposed new company – are former colleagues and friends.
CNN did not disclose details on pricing.
CNN rivals such as Fox News have also sought new revenue from subscription news services geared toward superfans.