May 18, 2022
CNN May 19 announced that short-lived CNN+ series “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?” will relaunch on HBO Max this fall, with featured interviews also airing on CNN. The move is part of Warner Bros. Discovery to further meld brands within the company across the media company’s flagship HBO Max streaming platform.
Launched just before consummation of Discovery’s majority operational control of WarnerMedia, the CNN+ SVOD platform was largely greeted with indifference, reportedly generating less than 10,000 viewers a day.
Initial episodes of “Who’s Talking” featured interviews with CEOs and media moguls, Hollywood legends and newsmakers across politics, business, world affairs, sports and culture. Guests appearing throughout the show’s debut included former CEO of The Walt Disney Company Bob Iger, former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, author of the 1619 Project Nikole Hannah-Jones, actors Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, and many more.
“Part of the CNN brand is respectful, authentic and impactful interviews and one of the best interviewers in the business is Chris Wallace,” Chris Licht, CEO of CNN Worldwide, said in a statement.
Wallace will continue to serve as an anchor for CNN, joining the network in January 2022 after more than 50 years in broadcasting, including 18 years with Fox News, where he was the anchor of “Fox News Sunday.”
Throughout his almost two decades at Fox, Wallace participated in coverage of every major political event and secured high-profile interviews with dignitaries and U.S leaders. Wallace was chosen by the Commission on Presidential Debates to moderate the first presidential debate of the 2020 election season. In 2016, Wallace became the first journalist from Fox to moderate a general election presidential debate, and in August 2015, Wallace co-moderated the first GOP presidential debate of the 2016 election cycle along with the network’s second and third debates.
Wallace is also the New York Times best-selling author of Countdown bin Laden: The Untold Story of the 247-Day Hunt to Bring the Mastermind of 9/11 to Justice and Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days That Changed the World.
Before joining Fox, Wallace spent 14 years at ABC News, where he served as the chief correspondent for Primetime Thursday and a substitute host for Nightline. Prior to ABC, Wallace was NBC’s chief White House correspondent and moderated Meet the Press, making him the only person to have hosted two Sunday talk shows. He also anchored the Sunday edition of NBC Nightly News. Wallace began his career as a city hall reporter for the Boston Globe.