CNBC’s ‘Topic A With Tina Brown’ to Fold

May 6, 2005  •  Post A Comment

“Topic A With Tina Brown” will end its double run on CNBC’s Sunday night lineup on May 29.

In an internal announcement to CNBC staffers Friday, CNBC President Mark Hoffman said the reason for the end of the salon-like multitopic show was that Ms. Brown needs to reduce her TV responsibilities so she can write a book about the legacy of Princess Diana for the 10th anniversary of her death in 2007.

“This book will be a major undertaking for Tina. She is under a very tight deadline and will be required to travel frequently to London. Therefore, she has asked me if she could relinquish her ‘Topic A’ duties to focus on the book,” Mr. Hoffman said in the announcement.

The combined viewership of “Topic A’s” two telecasts each Sunday night has grown to an average 187,000 since the show debuted Feb. 8, 2004.

Mr. Hoffman praised “the high quality of guests that they secured and the engaging conversation that Tina hosted week after week. Tony Blair, Sumner Redstone, Sen. John McCain, Les Moonves, Annette Bening and George Clooney are just a few of those who made time to speak with Tina.”

Sources say the “Topic A” hours are likely to be filled with repeats of another CNBC program.