NewsNation Staffers Not Happy About Sucking Up to Chris Cuomo

As disgraced former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo prepares to begin his new show in the fall on fledgling cable news outlet NewsNation, the staff there is grumbling about having to suck up to the once CNN big shot.

Cuomo, whose old 9 pm CNN show “Cuomo Prime Time” averaged 1 million nightly viewers in its final year, is being heralded by the brass at NewsNation as a savior for the network — a message that’s provoking grumbling among the rank and file, sources told the NY Post.

“This is going to be like SiriusXM — with Chris instead of Howard Stern,” one source griped.

Employees at NewsNation, which launched less than two years ago and has ratings that are but a tiny fraction of CNN’s, are likewise bristling over a recent request to plug Cuomo’s new show at the bottom of their email signatures, sources told The Post.

“It’s all about Chris,” said another angry staffer. “Can you believe they are asking employees to all plug Chris and not their own shows?”

The signature that the network bosses have asked staff to use on their emails shows the 52-year-old talking head against a blue background with the plug “Coming this fall to NewsNation.” It is a stark contrast to the network’s typical email signatures, which depict all of its top anchors, sources said.

Staffers for current anchor Ashleigh Banfield — who hosts the 10 pm hour and who was among NewsNation’s first big hires with a resume that boasted stints at CNN and MSNBC — are particularly peeved, according to insiders.

“She was meant to be the Rachel Maddow of the network,” according to the source, comparing Banfield to the MSNBC star. “Now here comes Chris, the big swinging d–k.”

According to the Post, the Nexstar-owned network is building a brand new studio for Cuomo at its Midtown offices at 220 E. 42nd St. near the United Nations. Banfield, by contrast, is shooting her show from a studio near her Connecticut home, while her production staff works from NewsNation’s Chicago headquarters, according to a source.

The network also announced that Dan Abrams, the network’s 9 pm host, who already broadcasts from the Big Apple, will also get a studio in the same building as Cuomo this fall. Cuomo made his big announcement about moving to NewsNation as a guest on Abrams’s show.

The source added that while NewsNation has a studio set aside for her in its Midtown offices, Banfield has “refused” to use it because it’s “too small.”

A person close to the situation told The Post that there are no plans to move Banfield to a bigger space in the Midtown office. Accordingly, some on “team Banfield,” feel like there are now playing second fiddle — with some boycotting the use of the Cuomo promo altogether, a source with knowledge told the Post.

But Banfield herself has tried to quash any perceived pissing contest between herself and Cuomo.

“I can’t wait for Chris Cuomo to raise the profile of this network,” she said, “We worked together at ABC and CNN, and we were good friends.”

Media observers have called Cuomo’s hire by the struggling network something of a marriage of convenience. NewsNation execs hope Cuomo — whom they got at a steep discount — can juice the fledgling network’s anemic ratings. Meanwhile, the scandal-scarred Cuomo, fired from CNN last year over his role in advising his older brother, then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, gets a chance to return to the air.

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