I first had the pleasure of working with Miles O’Brien on American Morning back in January of 2007. At the time, I was trying out to be the network’s new Technology/Internet correspondent. Dan Sieberg‘s departure left a hole in coverage, and I thought moving from straight Internet/Blogs to a more comprehensive Internet/Technology niche would be a good transition considering my experience in technology and video game reporting.
CNN gave me a two-week shot, and the reviews were terrific. All looked promising until the process started to drag, and the decision-makers mysteriously started to clam up. Then came the announcement that Soledad and Miles were off American Morning and Miles was going to take over the Technology beat.
I contacted Miles and told him I couldn’t have lost out to a better guy. He’s the master. He was not only incredibly generous and gracious when I stepped onto his AM set out of the blue, but he was always forthcoming with information and conversation that just made you look good working alongside him. When he subbed in on Situation Room months later, he was not only fun to watch and work with, but he also selflessly rounded out my segment on the Virtual ISS by giving me little nuggets to mention beforehand and showing true interest and excitement when we hit air.
I can’t say enough great stuff about him.
To hear he’s being let go – along with 6 other producers – is a real disappointment. I’m still waiting to hear who those 6 might be. I fear they may be some of the amazing people who worked with me during my tenure. And if that’s the case, then once again, CNN has proven they should be considered – at least to those who’ve given them their all – the least trusted name in the news business.
UPDATE: Word is CNN did let go the guys I know and love. These are veteran producers who worked tirelessly behind the scenes for years. No flash. No ego. Just amazing guys who knew their stuff and wanted to put out the best news possible as often as possible.
To say I’m livid would be an understatement.
UPDATE 2: As always, Chez is right on.