Howard Kurtz's contract with CNN under review

Sources say it's unlikely his contract will be renewed UPDATED

By Prachi Gupta

Published May 3, 2013 1:15PM (EDT)

CNN is reviewing "Reliable Sources" host Howard Kurtz's contract. The news, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter by a spokesperson for the network, follows Tina Brown's announcement two days ago that the media reporter and The Daily Beast had parted ways.

Sources also told the Hollywood Reporter that CNN is not likely to renew Kurtz's contract. "The network is also looking into Kurtz's involvement with the web site The Daily Download after media organizations raised the specter of a conflict of interest between Kurtz's day job and his freelance role at the site that was launched in February 2012," writes THR.

Kurtz has wrongly accused NBA star Jason Collins, who made sports history for coming out as gay in Sports Illustrated this week, of not disclosing the fact that Collins was once engaged. (Collins stated that he was engaged early in the piece). The Daily Beast has since pulled the column and fired Kurtz, who has made serious reporting errors before, including a column in which he misquoted Rep. Darrell Issa's spokesman as Rep. Darrell Issa.

Update: "There has been no status change with Howard Kurtz; he remains the host of Reliable Sources," a network spokesperson told the Hollywood Reporter on Friday. "He will address this issue on the program this weekend."

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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