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    CEO Chris Licht’s Departure Isn’t the Only Change Happening at CNN: Report

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    According to a report published on Wednesday, CNN will likely purge many of the employees hired by CEO Chris Licht, who was fired the same day.

    Licht resigned after just 14 months on the job due to mounting internal and external pressure that placed him at odds with Warner Bros. Discovery, CNN’s parent company.

    Oliver Darcy, CNN’s senior media correspondent, confirmed information from earlier in the day in an afternoon report.

    “Licht, who became network chief last May after most recently leading ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ to much success, saw his tenure dogged by fierce criticism in the press, often the result of leaks from employees around him who never fully trusted his leadership skills or editorial vision,” Darcy wrote.

    “The final death knell was a devastating 15,000-word profile in The Atlantic that [was] published on Friday,” the report said. “The blistering piece, in which author Tim Alberta spoke to more than 100 CNN employees, called into serious question Licht’s ability to lead the organization into the future.”

    Licht fought unsuccessfully for his position, Darcy reported.

    The CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, David Zaslav, met with him early Wednesday morning and terminated his employment.

    Licht’s attempt to restore CNN’s relevance failed because he was unable to attract conservative and independent viewers to the notoriously left-leaning network.

    Liberals ultimately abandoned CNN for MSNBC and other alternatives.

    Licht’s legacy at the network will be remembered as one in which he shuffled a deck of personalities but made no home run hires, no significant policy adjustments, and only one high-profile firing, former anchor Don Lemon.

    According to Puck News’ Dylan Byers, a number of executives hired by Licht are anticipated to leave their positions by the end of the week.

    “Chris Licht comms chief Kris Coratti cleaned out office last night and has told staff she expects to leave,” Byers reported Wednesday on Twitter.

    More on this story via The Western Journal:

    “Veteran CNN P.R. guru Matt Dornic also likely out. Licht’s [business chief] Chris Marlin and [chief of staff] Devan Cayea likely out this week as well,” he said. CONTINUE READING…

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