It’s inconceivable that CNN London will resign its output having only just moved into its state of the art Londin headquarters. As mentioned, it’s totally fluid. I envisage a somewhat return to normality once the inauguration is done and the circus has left town for good.
I think we just need to be a little patient and see what happens post Biden’s swearing in.
That said it's coming up to a year now of only an hour's output a day or so coming from London - yes there's a pandemic on and much of 2020 was US election coverage heavy but other channels have managed to air a lot more output from London. So if London is supposedly going to be their CNNI hub they've not exactly indicated it recently.
I think too most have been patient with CNNI - I think when the pandemic first hit most understood the streamlining of operations etc. However, the channel has had more than enough time to adapt if they'd wanted to. The US output is great for a domestic audience and when America takes centre stage but world news it very much ain't.
I would have thought with Biden taking over, US politics might not be as dramatic as it was during the Trump era, which would have created space for more international news, so I don't really know what they are thinking in terms of direction. I wouldn't mind the domestic shows as much if they even tried to cover world news, but they don't.
While the PR mentions TSR as going international, remember that The Lead is already international. So if that includes the second hour of The Lead, that's a 3 hour chunk. If Erin Burnett remains on International, then from The Lead to Tonight is an 8 hour stretch.
With the investment that went into CNN London, I see additional output out of there. It makes sense to bring back Hala Gorani Tonight, and the you'd want at least one other show out of London. Would it be feasible for CTW to move from Abu Dhabi to London? Or could some of the 5 hour Atlanta news block come from London?
I really hope that what is announced is good news for CNNI, but be prepared for US simulcasts to remain a key part of the schedule for quite some time.
I agree with "Newsroom" - post-Biden's inauguration would be a good time for any International changes to come into effect.