Combined CNN Productions-Investigations Unit Being Created

CNN announced that it will be combining their documentary unit, CNN Productions, with their investigations unit.

Mark Nelson, who led the investigations unit, and Jody Gottlieb, executive director of CNN Productions, are both leaving CNN.

Soledad O'Brien
's "In America" franchise (Black in America and Latino in America) will be expanded and be its own separate unit in 2010.

CNN has been lagging this year in ratings behind Fox News and in primetime to MSNBC and its sister network HLN. The network hopes to use shows like the "In America" series to attract more primetime viewers.

CNN continues to draw more viewers than all its competitors except Fox News when all hours of the day are counted.

CNN released a statement Monday saying, "CNN's ratings are always going to be more dependent on the news environment, much more so than opinion-based programming especially in prime time."


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