I don’t think people are arguing it shouldn’t be covered on CNNI but you should only really be simulcasting the two channels on non-scheduled times if it’s major news that warrants it.
Last night wasn’t that - CNNI could easily have handled that news. I do wonder if the simulcast was maybe only in some regions - the YWT instagram showed Cyril and Isa in the studio so perhaps they were presenting to Asia rather than just sat twiddling their thumbs.
The possible impeachment of the US President is not major news? I would say that it's the biggest story right now, even bigger than Brexit. What makes it more interesting is that Donald Trump is practically falling apart on Twitter on a hourly basis. In his ranty madness he could end up incriminating a lot of people in this, maybe even Vladimir Putin. Russia are already worried enough that they have publically warned Trump about not taking down Putin with him. That's unprecedented. The possibility of two governments in two countries, being taken down, essentially by one man self-destructing on Twitter, would justify it to me. Right now, this is just starting to get really interesting.
Of course impeachment if it was to happen or progress is massive news. But last night's news I doubt many will remember a week from now - in which case is it really worth not showing CNNI's usual programming? And if CNN wanted ample coverage of the story from a Domestic perspective they already have 3 hours each night anyway (1-4am BST) and could've dumped the Amanpour repeat no problem.
If last night's specifc news were really big news, I'd imagine CNN Domestic would do what they often do and have dumped the on-duty presenter for rolling coverage from one of their stars like Cuomo, Tapper or Anderson Cooper whereas for the rolling simulcast they instead had fill-in anchors like Poppy Harlow and Brianna Keilar (both strong presenters I may add) covering Erin Burnett and Wolf.
And if we're saying anything impeachment related needs a Domestic simulcast then basically apart from the Rosemary Church overnight fare (which Domestic simulcasts) & Amanpour CNNI may as well just shut down because they won't be needed.
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