CNN Announces ‘Co-Heads’ Who Will Take Over in Zucker’s Absence
Just hours after CNN chief Jeff Zucker announced his resignation, Warner Media CEO Jason Kilar named three executives to serve as “co-heads” while the network sorted things out in Zucker’s abrupt departure.
Kilar sent a memo to staffers, a copy of which was obtained and published by Mediaite:
Team News and Sports –
We are fortunate to have three senior leaders within the News organization who have agreed to serve as interim co-heads for CNN beginning today through what you should anticipate will be through the close of the pending transaction with Discovery. These leaders are Michael Bass, Amy Entelis and Ken Jautz.
I have full confidence that Michael, Amy and Ken, as interim heads for News, will provide the leadership this organization needs during this time of transition.
Lenny Daniels will continue to serve as President and lead Turner Sports & Bleacher Report.
Patrick Crumb will continue as President and head of the regional sports networks.
You will hear more from Michael, Amy, Ken, Lenny, and Patrick in the coming days but I wanted you to be aware of these decisions that have been made.
As per Kilar’s memo, Michael Bass, Amy Entelis, and Ken Jautz will serve as “co-heads” while already ongoing investigations continued and the network searches for a new leader to replace Zucker.
CNN staffers — and others — were reportedly “stunned” when Zucker announced his resignation on Wednesday, saying that he had failed to disclose a consensual relationship with a colleague when he should have.
Jeff Zucker just announced his resignation to a stunned CNN. pic.twitter.com/sWXYNBO20d— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 2, 2022
Ensuing reports indicated that the colleague in question — Allison Gollust, CNN’s chief marketing officer — had close ties with disgraced former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D). She is reportedly staying at CNN.
Zucker did not name his colleague in the memo, but the relationship is with Allison Gollust, the chief marketing officer for CNN. Gollust is remaining at CNN. https://t.co/leQjFGOtmi— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 2, 2022
This is an excerpt from The Daily Wire.