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Campbell Brown leaving CNN

CNN's Campbell Brown is leaving the network, several news outlets report. Supposedly she's asked for early Campbellbrown release from her contract. If so, it's because she was able to read the writing on the wall. Her show has been averaging less than 600,000 viewers -- barely more than half the audience for one of her cable-news competitors, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann, and less than a fifth that of the leader, Fox News' Bill O'Reilly. On some nights Brown's audience has dipped to 350,000 viewers. That's getting close to Nielsen brain-death levels.

UPDATE: Give Brown full credit for rejecting television-weaselspeak in the statement she's issued about her departure. "Simply put, the ratings for my program are not where I would like them to be. It is largely for this reason that I am stepping down ...TThe simple fact is that not enough people want to watch my program, and I owe it to myself and to CNN to get out of the way so that CNN can try something else."

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Kal

While campbell is very good, she tends to come across as sarcastic sometimes in her delivery. I think she made the correct decision. We all pretty much know deep down in our hearts when it is time for us to move on. I'm actually at that point myself. So best wishes to Campbell on her career decision. She is a true professional and will not be easily matched on that level. What I do like about her is that she appears to be a "no-nonsense" type of person, and that is definitely missing with some of the news folk who come across as quite ego-driven.

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