Global media and entertainment company Warner Bros. Discovery’s the president and CEO David Zaslav announced on Wednesday that Chris Licht, the chairman and chief executive of CNN Worldwide, has resigned with immediate effect.
In a press release by CNN’s parent, Zaslav revealed that as the company boards on an active search for a new leader, an interim leadership team has been established to ensure continuity and effective management. This team includes experienced programming leaders Amy Entelis, Virginia Moseley, and Eric Sherling, alongside David Leavy, the chief operating officer, who will oversee the commercial side of the organization.
Zaslav expressed his admiration for Chris Licht, acknowledging his personal and professional qualities. Leading CNN during a time of significant disruption and transformation was a challenging task, and Licht dedicated himself wholeheartedly to the role. While the search for a new leader is underway, Zaslav expressed full confidence in the current team’s capabilities and their commitment to upholding CNN’s renowned journalism.
Licht joined CNN in May 2022 after an illustrious career in broadcast and network television. He held positions such as EVP of special programming at CBS, executive producer, and showrunner for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” Licht’s previous roles also include vice president of programming for CBS News and executive producer of “CBS This Morning,” which he played a pivotal role in launching in 2012. Licht co-created and served as the first executive producer of MSNBC’s well-known morning news programme, “Morning Joe,” prior to his employment at CBS.
Licht’s departure from CNN seems to have surprised executives who were aware of his impending exit. He continued to believe there was a future for him on CNN. He was brought in to steer the network in a new direction after the departure of Jeff Zucker and the firing of Chris Cuomo. However, Licht isolated himself from the staff and was criticized for his failure to address the network’s left-wing bias.
Meanwhile, Amy Entelis, Virginia Moseley and Eric Sherling have taken on CNN’s three interim leadership posts.
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