Chris Wallace to Relaunch Short-Lived CNN+ Interview Show on HBO Max in the Fall

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.

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“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.

Chris Wallace Departs Fox News for Pending CNN+ Streaming Service

Chris Wallace, the longtime host of “Fox News Sunday,” is leaving the Fox News network for the new startup streaming service CNN+, which is set to launch in early 2022. Wallace made the announcement Dec. 12 on his show.

“Eighteen years ago, the bosses here at Fox promised me they would never interfere with a guest I booked or a question I asked. And they kept that promise,” Wallace said in a statement.

Fox, in a statement, said it remains “extremely proud” of its journalism and the “stellar team” Wallace was a part of.

“The legacy of ‘Fox News Sunday’ will continue with our star journalists, many of whom will rotate in the position until a permanent host is named,” Fox said.

Without mentioning CNN, the liberal-leaning network owned by WarnerMedia, Wallace, son of late CBS “60 Minutes” icon Mike Wallace, said he left to pursue “something new … beyond politics” covering topics he’s also interested in.

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CNN+ will feature original, live, on demand and interactive programming as a standalone direct-to-consumer service with offerings that are separate from CNN, CNN International, HLN and CNN en Español linear TV channels. At launch, the unpriced platform will stream upwards of 12 hours of live, daily programming offering topical deep dives and lifestyle content with viewers able to connect directly with anchors and experts in real time conversations.

“I’m ready for a new adventure,” Wallace said. “And I hope you’ll check it out.”

In a separate statement released by CNN, Wallace said he looks forward to the new “freedom and flexibility” streaming affords in interviewing major figures across the news landscape.