Thursday, March 4, 2010
CNN facing a sticky situation
The network will have to decide if Brown can keep hosting her 8 p.m. nightly news show -- or if she would be compromised by the conflict.
Precedents regarding TV news personalities and their politically elected spouses go both ways.
Former "Dateline" anchor Maria Shriver was bounced by NBC in 2004 shortly after her husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger, was elected governor of California.
But Gail Huff, the wife of reCently elected Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, continues to work as a reporter for Boston TV station WCVB.
CNN yesterday declined to talk about the potential dilemma.
"We don't comment on hypothetical situations," a CNN spokeswoman said yesterday.
But Senor is now being talked about in Republican circles as the front-runner in the race for the Republican nomination after Daily News owner and real estate mogul Mort Zuckerman took himself out of the running Tuesday night.
Meanwhile, Brown has been having her own problems with her nightly show, which airs opposite Bill O'Reilly's show on Fox News Channel.
In the past month, it has seen some of the lowest ratings ever on CNN. One night last week, the audience dropped below 350,000 viewers.
Brown, 41, and Senor, 38, met while she was on assignment during the Iraq war and were married in 2006.