Campbell Brown announced yesterday that she will be leaving CNN, where she served as the anchor of The Campbell Brown Show at 8PM. According to her statement, she asked to be let out of her contract due to middling ratings for her show, which had the unenviable challenge of facing off against The O’Reilly Factor on Fox and Keith Olbermann on MSNBC. But was her motivation really driven by ratings or is she eager to leave the punishing schedule of a daily news program behind in order to spend more time with her kids?In reality, probably a little bit of both. Brown addressed the kid question in the statement she put out last night.
“As for why, I could have said, that I am stepping down to spend more time with my children (which I truly want to do). Or that I am leaving to pursue other opportunities (which I also truly want to do),” said Brown, before going on to say that her primary reason was to end a show that has poor ratings, and allow CNN to try something else.
However, she returned to the upside of her decision at the end of her statement.
“My plan right now is to help CNN through any transition, and then to enjoy, for the very first time, the nightly ritual of “Good Night Moon” and good night kisses with my two little boys.”
It must be hard to go off to work every day, sacrifice some of the family time that you cherish and instead of feeling the satisfaction of succeeding at your job, feel like you are failing. If Brown was winning the ratings war at 8PM, I doubt she’d be leaving. But to miss out on evenings with your kids in order to produce a show that no one is watching—especially if you don’t need the money, which Brown doesn’t seem to—must make you wonder what you’re doing it for. Brown is a successful journalist, who will certainly find a suitable opportunity when she is ready. In the meantime, I’m sure she’ll find a captive audience at home.