CNN Names Mark Thompson as New Chairman and CEO
Summary from AllSides News Team
On Wednesday, CNN named Mark Thompson as its new chairman and CEO, effective Oct. 9. The announcement came from parent company Warner Bros. Discovery.
Key Details: Thompson is a former CEO of the New York Times (Lean Left bias), where he helped grow its digital subscriber base. He succeeds Chris Licht as head of CNN.
Key Quote: “Mark has been in the news business for more than four decades and, as many of you are aware, he has an exceptional track record of innovation and excellence,” Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav told CNN employees in a staff memo.
For Context: Chris Licht was ousted as CEO in June after serving a little more than a year. His tenure began with a turn toward "nonpartisan" programming, but was beset by dwindling profits, poor ratings, and talent shakeups such as the departures of Chris Cuomo, Don Lemon, and Jeff Zucker. This led to CNN announcing an overhaul of its programming earlier this month.
How the Media Covered it: News of Thompson's takeover at CNN was covered by sources across the political spectrum, with many noting the struggles CNN faces due to lower ratings and the need to more fully enter the digital market space.
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From the CenterCNN names former New York Times CEO Mark Thompson as its chief
Mark Thompson is stepping in as the next CEO and chairman of CNN.
Parent company Warner Bros. Discovery said Wednesday it appointed Thompson as the next leader of the cable news network, a few short months after the ouster of Chris Licht.
Thompson previously served as CEO and president of The New York Times from 2012 to 2020, as well as director-general of the BBC from 2004 to 2012. Thompson’s first day at the CNN office will be Oct. 9, he told CNN staffers in a memo.
“I am confident he is exactly the leader we...
From the RightCNN names Mark Thompson as its new chairman and CEO, replacing Chris Licht
Warner Bros. Discovery named former New York Times Company CEO Mark Thompson as CNN’s new chairman and CEO, succeeding Chris Licht as head of the struggling cable news outlet.
“Mark has been in the news business for more than four decades and, as many of you are aware, he has an exceptional track record of innovation and excellence,” Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav told CNN employees in a staff memo on Wednesday.
“I am confident he is exactly the leader we need to take the helm of CNN at this pivotal time.”...
From the LeftCNN Names Mark Thompson As New CEO
CNN has named Mark Thompson, a former top executive at The New York Times and the BBC, as its new CEO and chairman as the network gears up to cover the 2024 presidential election, parent company Warner Bros. Discovery said Wednesday.
Thompson will officially take over on Oct. 9, a press release by the company states.
“There isn’t a more experienced, respected or capable executive in the news business today than Mark, and we are thrilled to have him join our team and lead CNN Worldwide into the future,” Warner Bros. Discovery CEO...