HLN bloodbath: Ashleigh Banfield, Carol Costello, Michaela Pereira out the door!

Wow, what a bloodbath today at HLN. They have cancelled their New York and LA-based production and centralized all production to Atlanta, and will also be doing more long-form investigative-type shows in the future.

As a result, the HLN live programming starring Ashleigh Banfield, Carol Costello, and Michaela Pereira is cancelled and they are out of jobs. Robin Meade, however, gets to stay.

(Interesting fact: Pereira was born in Saskatoon! I believe Banfield’s from Winnipeg. Maybe CBC, CTV or Global will take them and repatriate them back to frozen Canada.)

Who is to blame for this situation? Why, of course, who else? Donald Trump. The reports are that all the political talk on the other channels, and polarized TV-news atmosphere in general, is doing a number on HLN and their non-politically-focused talk shows. Their ratings are in the sink, thanks to Trump.

Also, a while back HLN had decided to move away from all the court coverage it was doing, for whatever reason, and cover more regular news. Unfortunately, all that did was drive the court fans over to the Internet and to Law and Crime Network. Which, by the way, would seem the likely landing spot for Banfield now, given that she used to be at Court TV back in the day. So maybe she won’t have to return to Canada now.

Anyway, HLN’s managed to alienate all their “Court” fans with their programming decisions lately, and they have already alienated the “politics” fans. Now that they’ve fired these three hosts, their legions of fans will vamoose, too. (Update: now that I think of it, this also used to be the channel of Nancy Grace, and things haven’t been the same since her show ended.)

At this rate, HLN will have no viewers left! I think HLN’s days are numbered now, to be honest. At this rate, it won’t be long until this channel turns into another TruTV or A&E full-time.

Personally, I have not tuned in to HLN in years. I yearn for the good old days of the Nineties when HLN was “Headline News” and you had newsreaders like Lynne Russell doing these newscasts around the clock 24/7, with the ticker scrolling down at the bottom of the screen. You could watch that stuff for hours late at night and on weekends during the football off-season.

That was another era, when cable TV was still good. Those were the days.

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