Reggie Aqui

CNN.com Shutters Anchor-Driven Newscasts

CNN.comLIVE_11.12.bmpFirst on WebNewser: CNN.com Live is shutting down its anchor-driven newscasts as of tomorrow.

WebNewser has learned Reggie Aqui, Nicole Lapin, Naamua Delaney and Melissa Long, the four primary anchors of CNN.com Live, are being let go as are several production staffers.

In an email, obtained by WebNewser, CNN.com SVP KC Estenson writes, CNN.com Live will shift resources, “to create a unit focused on streaming major live events, producing video packages especially for CNN.com and increasing our overall on-demand offering.”

The shift also means CNN.com will be adding several new positions “focused on original video production” before the end of the year.

Estenson’s note, after the jump…

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CNN.com To Experiment With ‘Prime’ Programming

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CNN.com anchor Reggie Aqui broke the news on his Facebook page that the online network will be experimenting with some of their online programming next week.

Unlike cable news, a news site’s primetime is during the day. WebNewser has learned the CNN.com crew will be experimenting with their programming, while trying to engage the online audience, between the hours of Noon-2pmET.

Check out CNN.com/Live Monday.

CNN.com Adds Four Streams of Live Inauguration Day Activities

CNN.comLive_1.15.bmpIn addition to their Inauguration Day partnership with Facebook, announced last week at CES, CNN.com is detailing other plans for Tuesday’s coverage. CNN.com Live will have four simultaneous live streams of inauguration activities, including Obama’s speech, the parade, the balls (those allowing cameras) and other related events.

CNN.com Live’s Melissa Long will anchor from the Capitol grounds with fellow anchors Reggie Aqui, Naamua Delaney and Nicole Lapin from CNN.com headquarters in Atlanta.

More details after the jump…

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