Discovery is expected to appoint Chris Licht as next president of CNN following Jeff Zucker's resignation
Chris Lichtis expected to be announced as the next president of CNN, multiple sources told Insider on Saturday.
- Licht will take over for former president
Jeff Zucker, who resigned earlier this month.
Chris Licht is expected to be tapped as the next president of CNN, multiple sources confirmed to Insider on Saturday.
Licht's appointment comes after the resignation of former CNN president Jeff Zucker earlier this month, following reports that the executive failed to disclose a relationship with a colleague. The relationship was unveiled as part of the network's investigation into the conduct of anchor Chris Cuomo. Zucker described the relationship as "consensual" and with his "closest colleague" of 20 years, according to a statement shared by CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter.
Zucker was expected to play a pivotal role in the forthcoming merger between CNN's parent company, WarnerMedia, and Discovery, slated for this summer. The executive initially asked to continue through spring after reports of the relationship surfaced, but he was denied by WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar, according to a report from Stelter.
According to Puck's Dylan Byers, who first reported on Licht's appointment, Licht will oversee CNN as head of news for Discovery. However, unlike Zucker, he will not manage sports coverage. The executive will likely start after his CBS contract expires in April, though an official announcement of his appointment is expected before an upcoming Discovery shareholders meeting on March 11, Byers reported.
The announcement will mark Discovery's first significant appointment ahead of its merger with WarnerMedia.
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