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Chris Licht Out As CNN CEO

Licht’s departure comes on the heels of what has been described as a “disastrous” profile by The Atlantic’s Tim Alberta.

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CNN CEO Chris Licht is leaving after a tumultuous 16-month tenure leading the venerable cable news outlet.

According to a report from Puck’s Dylan Byers, Licht will leave the network immediately. The news was confirmed during a CNN conference call with Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav. The report from Byers did not declare whether Licht was leaving on his own volition or if he was asked to step down by Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav.

During the conference call, Zaslav told employees, “For a number of reasons it didn’t work out, and that’s on me. I take full responsibility. We have put a transition team in place. The acting leadership team will be Amy Entelis, Virginia Moseley, and Eric Sherling. They will be joined on the commercial operating side by David Leavy, who is the COO. That’s a group of four. They have full responsibility, effective immediately, for running this great organization that we all love so very much.”

Zaslav continued by discussing future plans for naming a new CEO. He said, “I have great confidence in this group, and will fully support them until a new CEO us named. We are in no rush. The CEO search will take months because I think it’s important that things settle down, and we’ve got to get this right. We will find a great leader from inside or outside, and off we go.”

The 51-year-old Licht was tabbed as the successor to Jeff Zucker, who left CNN after failing to disclose a romantic relationship with a subordinate. Under his leadership, CNN has seen numerous changes to its daily lineup, including the move of Don Lemon from primetime to a revamped morning show. Ultimately, Lemon was fired after several on-camera and behind-the-scenes missteps.

CNN This Morning — the program featuring Lemon, Poppy Harlow, and Kaitlan Collins — has failed to gain traction in regards to ratings. It frequently finished in third place behind competitors FOX & Friends and Morning Joe. It also at times failed to eclipse the previous CNN morning show New Day in audience size. Since its November launch, the show has seen both Lemon and Collins depart. The 31-year-old Collins was tabbed to host the timeslot previously occupied by Chris Cuomo in the network’s primetime lineup.

Licht’s departure comes on the heels of what has been described as a “disastrous” profile by The Atlantic’s Tim Alberta. The feature — which followed Licht for nearly a year — has been viewed as a detriment to his ability to lead the organization. In the story, Licht was critical of the way the journalists he now leads covered the COVID-19 pandemic, and also the presidency of Donald Trump.

Earlier this week, CNN media reporter Oliver Darcy claimed Licht had “lost the room” at the network after the profile’s publication.

Support for Licht inside the organization began to wane when it was announced that the network would host a town hall event with former President and current 2024 Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump. Many at the network panned the decision to “platform” the former president, saying the event would be a disaster for the network. Public reaction was to the event was generally mixed along party lines, but the ratings for the network haven’t recovered since the event took place.

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ABC News Executive Editor Stacia Deshishku to Depart

She becomes the latest leader to leave the company after a restructuring from The Walt Disney Company earlier this year.

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ABC News has announced Executive Editor Stacia Deshishku will exit the network on Friday, June 28th.

She becomes the latest leader to leave the company after a restructuring from The Walt Disney Company earlier this year. Former ABC News President Kim Godwin left the network in May after an investigation into her practices was set to commence.

Deshishku worked closely with producers of World News Tonight, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Nightline, Good Morning America, and The View, among others of the network’s programs.

Before joining ABC, Deshishku worked as CNN’s director of coverage. She led the network’s White House unit and also oversaw breaking news coverage during her tenure at the cable news network.

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MSNBC, Newsmax, NewsNation to Simulcast CNN Debate, Report Claims

None of the networks have publicly announced their intention to partner with CNN.

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As CNN makes preparations to host the first presidential debate next week, it has added several partners to simulcast the event. A new report suggests MSNBC, Newsmax, and NewsNation will join an already growing field of partners.

A report from the Los Angeles Times claims that the CNN debate will be added by MSNBC/NBC News, Newsmax, NewsNation, Scripps News, and Telemundo.

When asked by Barrett News Media if the network was partnering with CNN to broadcast the debate, Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy simply stated “True.”

Those networks would join ABC News — who will host the second presidential debate in September, Fox News, and PBS as simulcast partners. In addition to airing on Fox News, the network will also broadcast the 90-minute event on the Fox Business Network, network FOX, the FOX Nation streaming app, and will provide the debate to its Fox News Radio affiliates.

While the report from the LA Times says that the bevy of networks will also simulcast the event, none of the networks outside of Newsmax have publicly announced their intention to partner with CNN. Barrett News Media has asked each network for comment.

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Fox News to Simulcast CNN Presidential Debate

Fox News Radio will provide a simulcast of Fox News Channel for its post-debate coverage. Jared Halpern and Jessica Rosenthal will anchor coverage on the radio network.

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Fox News has become the latest network to join CNN as a simulcast partner for the upcoming presidential debate.

On Thursday, June 27th, Fox News will join ABC News and PBS as networks simulcasting the 90-minute event produced by CNN.

In its pre-debate coverage, an early edition of Jesse Watters Primetime at 7 PM ET will be followed by a special anchored by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, alongside Dana Perino and Watters. Sean Hannity will be live on location at CNN’s Atlanta studios.

Meanwhile, senior White House correspondent Peter Doocy will provide coverage from the White House while Chad Pergram will discuss how the Commission on Presidential Debates was side-stepped by the Biden and Trump campaigns.

Shannon Bream will anchor coverage on the FOX network between 9-11 PM ET as the debate is aired.

After the debate, Hannity will host a one-hour program before Fox News @ Night with Trace Gallagher takes over coverage on the cable network.

Additionally, Fox News Radio will provide a simulcast of Fox News Channel broadcasting the CNN debate for its radio affiliates. Jared Halpern and Jessica Rosenthal will anchor post-debate coverage on the radio network.

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