*CNN has canceled “Crossfire” for the second time.
According to Deadline.com, the show had been off the schedule for weeks and already some of its co-hosts — Stephanie Cutter, Newt Gingrich, S.E. Cupp and Van Jones — have been popping up as contributors around the network’s landscape.
“Crossfire” had been resurrected in September 2013, but never caught on with viewers. It was billed as a more intelligent less combative version of the old “Crossfire,” which debuted in 1982 and was cancelled in 2005.
Some “Crossfire” staff have been moved to other programs, and the remainder have been encouraged to apply for open positions within the bureau, according to Deadline. All this, despite CNN reportedly being in the process of slashing about 300 positions.
Elsewhere on the network, Sanjay Gupta MD is being phased out; Gupta and team will focus on breaking news, according to Deadline. Ditto Elizabeth Cohen as the network’s medical unit is restructured.
“CNN Money With Christine Romans” is also over; she remains anchor of “Early Start” and the network’s chief business correspondent. Also, “Unguarded With Rachel Nichols” is history; she will continue as the network’s sole sports anchor, contributing across all platforms and hosting primetime specials. Nichols also continues her role with Turner sports.