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CNN Denies It’s Getting Into the Reality TV Business

Aug 14, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Responding to reports that CNN is considering replacing some of its programming with reality shows, the cable news channel offered a clarification, reports Bill Carter in The New York Times’ Media Decoder. CNN said it’s looking into nonfiction original series, not reality TV, the story reports.

As previously reported, CNN was said to be talking with producers of reality shows to help boost the network’s falling ratings. The report was originally published in the New York Post.

An unnamed CNN executive made the distinction to The New York Times, pointing out the difference between reality shows such as "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" and the type of nonfiction programs the network is interested in and which are common on news channels, The Times notes.

MSNBC, for one, has the prison documentary series "Lockup," while Fox News has aired the military history series "War Stories with Oliver North."

In a statement, CNN said: "CNN, which recently announced the hiring of Anthony Bourdain as a contributor, is continuing to explore other nonfiction original series for the weekend. We routinely pursue new talent and programming concepts within the news category and often shoot pilots for any number of our networks."

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