CNN’s Kate Bolduan was tasked Wednesday morning with announcing the network was axing its short-lived CEO, Chris Licht.
Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav joined CNN’s morning editorial call to announce Licht was out, and Bolduan announced the news live on-air.
“We have news now to report involving our own network. News to us here at CNN and you at home. CNN’s chairman and CEO Chris Licht is leaving the network. He took over the network a little over a year ago, David Zaslav just made the announcement at the network editorial meeting,” she said. “For now. a leadership team will take his place led by Amy Entelis, along with Virginia Mosley, Eric Sherling, our programming EVP, and David Leavy, our new Chief Operating Officer.”
Bolduan then immediately moved on to the next story without dwelling on Licht’s departure. (RELATED: CNN’s Chris Licht Told Producers To ‘Downplay’ The Jan. 6 Hearings. Here’s How That Went For The Network)
Licht’s ouster comes shortly after The Atlantic published an article Friday headlined “Inside The Meltdown At CNN.” Licht reportedly apologized to his staff during Monday’s editorial meeting before confirming he would remain in his position.
The article detailed alleged inside accounts of the tensions at CNN under Licht’s leadership.
“I know these past few days have been very hard for this group,” Licht reportedly told staff on Monday, according to a Twitter thread from former network anchor Brian Stelter. “I fully recognize that this news cycle and my role in it overshadowed the incredible week of reporting that we just had, and distracted from the work of every single journalist in this org. And for that, I am sorry.”