NEW YORK — CNN has canceled its weekly "Reliable Sources" show on the media, and said Thursday that its host, Brian Stelter, is leaving the network.
The show will have its last broadcast this Sunday.
"It was a rare privilege to lead a weekly show focused on the press at a time when it has never been more consequential," Stelter said in a statement to NPR Thursday.
He added that he's been grateful his show put so much effort into "the media, truth and the stories that shape our world."
CNN has been looking to cut costs but also to put forth a less opinionated product. Stelter wrote the 2020 book "Hoax" about Fox News Channel and been critical of the network, making him a frequent target of the network’s conservative critics.
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"Reliable Sources" celebrated its 30-year anniversary in March, making it the longest-running show on the network.
"I believe our biggest value out here is to inform people about how the media really works (and) why reporters do what they do," Stelter said in a segment marking the anniversary. "Because the best critiques, the strongest arguments about improving the press are based on knowing how it operates and why."
He continued: "We all rely on some form of media and we're all members of the media now with broadcasting tools in our pockets. That's the point of view I've tried to bring to this program."
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Stelter came to CNN from The New York Times, where he was a media writer.
"He departs CNN as an impeccable broadcaster," said Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development at CNN. "We are proud of what Brian and his team accomplished over the years, and we’re confident their impact and influence will long outlive the show."
The "Reliable Sources" newsletter, a daily compendium of the media’s big stories, will continue after a brief hiatus, media reporter Oliver Darcy wrote Thursday night, as a "reimagined product that expands our coverage and mirrors the complex media landscape our nation and world are facing today."
Contributing: The Associated Press
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Brian Stelter's 'Reliable Sources' canceled on CNN