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Veteran CBS executive Chris Licht is set to be named CNN’s next president, according to a person familiar with the decision.
Licht, whose appointment could be announced by Discovery Inc. as early as next week, will take over a news network that prides itself on its reporting abilities but has been plagued by scandals in its senior ranks.
Discovery is in the process of finalizing its acquisition of WarnerMedia, owner of CNN. The deal has already been approved by federal regulators.
Licht was previously executive producer of “CBS This Morning” as well as “Morning Joe” at MSNBC.
His appointment comes as CNN International has flexed its reporting muscles and displayed its extensive global network in its extensive coverage of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Puck News’ Dylan Byers first broke the news of Licht’s appointment.
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Licht will replace Jeff Zucker who resigned earlier this month after admitting he had not disclosed a romantic relationship with network marketing executive Allison Gollust.
Gollus also resigned later. The relationship between Zucker and Gollus surfaced in an investigation of Chris Cuomo, who was fired by Zucker for the extent of the assistance the former CNN host provided to former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Andrew Cuomo, Chris Cuomo’s older brother, was dealing with sexual harassment charges at the time and eventually quit.
Zucker was forced out by Jason Kilar, the chief executive of WarnerMedia.
Licht is known for creating hit shows around strong personalities, blending news and entertainment.
He helped create MSNBC’s Morning Joe with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.
Licht then joined CBS News where he successfully helped relaunch the network’s “CBS This Morning” show with Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell and relaunched “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” after a first year. difficult.
Rose was eventually fired from CBS over sexual harassment allegations.