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Warner Bros. Discovery is shutting down CNN+, according to two people familiar with the matter.

An official announcement is coming later Thursday. Operations will stop on April 30. CNN+ chief Andrew Morse leaves Warner Bros. Discovery, the people said.

WarnerMedia launched the standalone news service less than a month ago on March 29.

CNN’s new chief Chris Licht is working behind the scenes with other Warner Bros. executives. Discovery for several weeks to analyze a streaming strategy for CNN, one of the people said. The decision to shut down CNN+ is based on his recommendation, the person said. Licht will address CNN staffers at a meeting on Thursday, one of the people said. Licht’s official start date is May 1.

CNN has already invested hundreds of millions of dollars in new talent and CNN+ programming. Some of that programming will move to HBO Max, and other series may air on CNN.com, one of the people said. Some new talent could have roles on CNN’s linear station, the person said. Licht will make those decisions in the coming weeks, the person said.

CNN+ had less than 10,000 daily active viewers about two weeks after its launch, CNBC reported last week.

The management of Warner Bros. Discovery wants to use CNN’s programming to bolster a broader streaming package that will combine the best of WarnerMedia and Discovery, as CNBC previously reported.

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