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CNN taps new president, current executive producer of ‘The Late Show’ to replace Jeff Zucker

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CNN has already picked its new president, who is coming from the comedy entire world right after paying a long time creating morning information.

CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter, who regularly acts as a de-facto spokesperson for the embattled network, confirmed Puck News’ report that CNN will title Chris Licht, the present-day executive producer of “The Late Present with Stephen Colbert,” as its new manager following the remarkable resignation of its scandal-plagued leader Jeff Zucker.

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“I can now report, dependent on conversations with resources who have spoken immediately with [Discovery chief David] Zaslav, that Licht is indeed the particular person who Zaslav has picked to operate CNN,” Puck News reporter Dylan Byers, who beforehand claimed Licht was a “best contender” for the part. 

“Licht will run CNN as head of news for Warner Bros. Discovery, a resource familiar with the issue claimed. In contrast to Zucker, his purview will not prolong to sporting activities. Licht has a offer with CBS that expires in April, according to men and women common with the make any difference, but his hiring is possible to be introduced at, or in advance of, a special Discovery shareholders conference on March 11,” Byers wrote. 

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 19: (L-R) Stephen Colbert and Chris Licht, winners of the Outstanding Variety Special (Live) award on September 19, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 19: (L-R) Stephen Colbert and Chris Licht, winners of the Outstanding Variety Specific (Reside) award on September 19, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Wealthy Fury/Getty Images)

WarnerMedia declined to comment. CNN and Discovery did not straight away react to Fox News’ requests for comment. 

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Licht formerly served as the govt producer of “CBS This Morning” and CBS News’ vice president of programming. He was also the government producer of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” 

Zucker shocked the media landscape previously this thirty day period when he informed his personnel that he was resigning promptly just after he unsuccessful to admit to his employer about his consensual relationship with Allison Gollust, a deputy govt who has considering the fact that resigned from the community. 

Former CNN president Jeff Zucker.  (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for WarnerMedia)

Previous CNN president Jeff Zucker.  (Photograph by Mike Coppola/Getty Illustrations or photos for WarnerMedia)
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Reports have unveiled that Zucker and Gollust’s near ties to then-Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who they allegedly gave “conversing points” to in the early months of the pandemic to combat then-President Trump. 

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The CNN lovebirds have been also reportedly influential in coordinating Cuomo’s on-air interviews with his brother, former primetime anchor Chris Cuomo, who was terminated in December around a newly-surfaced sexual misconduct allegation. 

Fox News’ Brian Flood contributed to this report.