Image: Roland Martin's CNN Days Are Over, He Says, Thanks to Zucker

Roland Martin's CNN Days Are Over, He Says, Thanks to Zucker

Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013 10:20 AM

By Morgan Chilson

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CNN political analyst Roland Martin surprised followers Tuesday when he announced on his Twitter feed that he will be leaving the cable news network, apparently another talking head victim of new worldwide chief Jeff Zucker's housecleaning.

Martin doesn't doubt Zucker was behind his April 6 departure: “new boss wants his own peeps.” The network has declined to comment so far.

Zucker, who took over in January, has been making changes in the organization and letting go other CNN names like Jack Cafferty and Soledad O’Brien.

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Martin came out strong on Twitter about his future, refusing to be limited by ending his stint at CNN.

“I will continue my daily segment to the 8 million listeners on @TJMShow; will continue @TVOneTV #WashingtonWatch; and my syndicated column,” said Martin.

Martin got into trouble last year at CNN after tweeting offensive comments during the Super Bowl, including making fun of a football player wearing pink. That caused an uproar in the LGBT community and Martin was suspended for about a month.

There was no indication the suspension had anything to do with Zucker’s decision to part ways with Martin.

Zucker promised changes at CNN and, so far, he’s delivered. He hired Chris Cuomo from 20/20 to launch a new morning show, sent James Carville and Mary Matalin packing and accepted the resignation of Mark Whitaker, executive vice president and managing editor, according to Politico.

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CNN lags behind other cable news networks – MSNBC and Fox News – in ratings.

In a WSJ Live interview, News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch said the changes Zucker was making helped CNN “sharpen up.”

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