CNN’s chief executive officer (CEO), Chris Licht, is resigning from the network, effective immediately.
His departure comes only a little over one year after he started as CEO of the company.
“I have great respect for Chris, personally and professionally,” Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav said in a statement. “The job of leading CNN was never going to be easy, especially at a time of huge disruption and transformation, and he has poured his heart and soul into it.”
Licht is telling outraged supporters, “I hope they get the leader they deserve,” as reported by the New York Post.
“The company announced that Licht will be replaced in the interim by a group ‘comprising seasoned programming leaders’ such as Amy Entelis, the executive vice president of talent and content development; Virginia Moseley, executive vice president of editorial; and Eric Sherling, who heads US-based programming,” reported the outlet.
Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav said to staffers Wednesday, “Unfortunately, things did not work out the way we had hoped — and ultimately that’s on me.”