Chris Cuomo returns to TV news.
The former CNN anchor, who was fired from the network in December, is joining NewsNation. The outfit is owned by Nexstar Media, which owns television networks in the United States.
Cuomo appeared Tuesday on NewsNation and spoke to presenter Dan Abrams in what has been touted as Cuomo’s first media interview since he left CNN last year.
In his comments, Cuomo said he believes there should be more middle ground political coverage because “this binary system is killing us.”
“And the media is very often caught up in that. You can’t criticize the game you’re in,” he said.
CNN quit Cuomo after an investigation showed how he helped his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, defend himself against allegations of sexual misconduct.
He is seeking a $125 million arbitration award and alleges the network wrongly terminated him, his legal team said in March. During his interview on Tuesday night, he confirmed that this is still ongoing.
In his interview, Cuomo said he was “proud” of his time at CNN and that “it mattered more to me than I knew at the time I did the job.”
In a prepared statement, he said he plans to cover “news wherever it happens” and talk “about solutions rather than about political parties or the political circus.”
His comments reflect the broader strategy of Nextstar’s fledgling cable news service. The company advertises itself as a more centrist outlet.
“I don’t think I can make a difference (in traditional network news),” Cuomo said Tuesday night. “I think we need insurgent media. I think we need outlets that aren’t fringe and just trying to line their pockets.”
He added that he would “try very hard to be fair” in his reporting.
In a statement to diversitySean Compton, President of Networks at Nexstar Media, said that Cuomo “joins our growing team of experienced, award-winning journalists and will advance our efforts to continue to ensure fairness and transparency in our news and talk shows.”
NewsNation also recently hired several other well-known hosts from the competition – Fox’s Leland Vittert, CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield and ABC News and MSNBC’s Dan Abrams, Variety reported.
Cuomo is scheduled to return to the airwaves full-time in the fall.
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