He CEO from the American chain CNN, Chris Licht, resigned with immediate effect. in the middle of a crisis for the environmentthe company’s parent company announced on Wednesday, Warner Bros. Discovery.
Licht took office in May 2022, replacing Jeff Zucker, who was forced to resign after failing to disclose a consensual relationship with a female colleague. He was criticized for the chain’s decision broadcast an event on May 10 c.with former Republican President Donald Trumpduring which reiterated falsehoods about his loss in the 2020 election and said that if re-elected he will pardon many of his supporters convicted of participating in the 2021 attack on the Capitol. Trump also called CNN moderator Kaitlan Collinsan “unpleasant person”.
CNN ratings have been falling, even as the company tries to get more Republican viewers. The decision comes less than a week after the Atlantic magazine published a critical report on Licht.
In an email to staff on Wednesday, Warner Bros. Discovery Chairman and CEO, David Zaslavwrote that the company will conduct an extensive internal and external search for a new leader. “This job was never going to be easy, especially at a time of great turbulence and transformation.and Chris put his heart and soul into it,” Zaslav wrote. “Unfortunately, things didn’t turn out the way we hoped, and ultimately that’s up to me,” he said.
The company said that as it searches for Licht’s replacement, it has established an interim leadership team that includes Amy Entelisexecutive vice president of content and talent development; Virginia Mosely, editorial executive vice president; and Eric Sherling, executive vice president of programming in the United States. will also be added david leavy, Director of operations, in the commercial area.