CNN has hired a new senior media correspondent from The New York Times, who will also become the new host of CNN’s venerable show about media, "Reliable Sources." The network announced that it named New York Times media industry reporter Brian Stelter, 28, to the post.
The permanent hosting spot on "Reliable Sources" has been vacant since Howard Kurtz left in June for Fox News. Since then, Stelter has filled in a few times as guest host.
"Stelter will also serve as a senior media correspondent for CNN Worldwide, reporting on trends, personalities and companies across the media spectrum — from news to entertainment," CNN announced. "He will report daily on CNN/U.S., CNN International, CNN.com, CNNMoney.com, and across CNN’s vast mobile and social landscape, feeding and flowing into his show and creating a multiplatform, global media beat for CNN."
In a statement, CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker said: “Brian has emerged as one of the top media reporters in the country and will be a great addition to our many platforms. He grew up in the digital space, and has covered the media industry for his entire career. Brian has a keen understanding of this field — as both a journalist covering the industry and as an innovator — first, by creating his own digital platform, and second, by also leveraging the countless ways information is disseminated to enhance his storytelling."
Stelter has been at The New York Times since 2007, covering television and digital media for the Media & Advertising and Arts sections of the newspaper and for the paper’s Media Decoder blog. This year he published a best-selling book about morning TV news, “Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV (2013).”
Said Stelter: “It is an honor to take the helm of ‘Reliable Sources,’ the very best of a very small number of programs about the media’s role in society. I’m equally excited about reporting throughout the week on CNN’s many digital platforms and television networks. CNN is reimagining media coverage at what is the best time ever to be covering media, and I’m very happy to be a part of it.”
The CNN announcement adds: "Stelter created TVNewser, a blog covering the television news industry, in 2004, while a college freshman at Towson University. Six months later he sold TVNewser to Mediabistro.com, though he continued to edit and write for the blog for three additional years."