An on-air personality who has been a mainstay of CNN’s political coverage is leaving the cable news channel. Variety reports that Candy Crowley, who has been at CNN since 1987, is headed out.
Crowley has been CNN’s chief political correspondent, and since 2010 has hosted the Sunday morning political chat show “State of the Union.” The show is expected to continue after Crowley’s exit.
The report quotes Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide, telling staffers in a memo: “I wanted to let you know that Candy has let us know that she has made the decision to move on, so she can embark on the next chapter of her already prolific career. As difficult as it is for us to imagine CNN without Candy, we know that she comes to this decision thoughtfully, and she has our full support.”
Variety notes: “’State of the Union’ is not the most-watched Sunday news program — that distinction is held most weeks by CBS’s ‘Face the Nation’ — but the show represents CNN’s efforts to be part of the news cycle at that time, when influential viewers tune in to see what they can glean from U.S. Senators, Cabinet members and the like. Crowley’s departure takes place as NBC is attempting to retool its venerable ‘Meet the Press’ with a new host, Chuck Todd, while ABC’s ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ has made strides in attracting the viewer demographic most coveted by advertisers in news programs, people between 25 and 54.”