TV show executive producer Chris Richt will be speaking on stage at the CBS / Showtime part of the 2018 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour in Langham Huntington, Pasadena, on January 6, 2018 in Pasadena, California.
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The new CNN chief, Chris Richt, is sending a message to his employees. Not all need to be labeled “breaking news”.
For the past few weeks, Licht, officially appointed CEO of CNN on May 2, will hold a meeting with employees to seek feedback on when and how the network will use the “Breaking News” banner. did. His name was given because the discussion was private.
Licht concludes that there should be parameters about when to use red chiron and leads a team to CNN’s Washington Bureau Chief and Senior Vice President Sam Feist to develop specific guidelines for its use. I asked you to.
“This is a great starting point for breaking news to mean something big is happening,” Licht wrote in a memo obtained by CNBC. “We are the truth tellers and our focus is on providing information without astonishing our viewers. We rarely see breaking news banners throughout the show. The intent of our voice needs to reflect that as a whole. “
Licht’s decision — the first significant programming change he made — Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav and board member John Malone both publicly stated that CNN should emphasize journalism over sensationalism.
“I hope CNN will return to its original journalism and evolve,” he said. Malone told CNBC in November..
Zaslav said in April that CNN’s view of the measured news was essential to the “civilized society.” Avoid the image of being an “advocacy” network..
Licht also plans to build a new organizational structure on CNN, but given the changes the company has already made in the last four months, “decisions will be slower than some people want,” he said. I told the members.
Former CNN leader Jeff Zucker suddenly departs In February after revealing a relationship with Chief Marketing Officer Allison Gorst Nobody left the company.. WarnerMedia then merged with Discovery in April. It prompted the rapid elimination of streaming service CNN + and its leader Andrew Morse.
CNN Digital Editor-in-Chief Meredith Artley Last month she announced her departure. She will be tentatively replaced by Marcus Mabley, Senior Vice President of Content Strategy and Global Programming on CNN Digital, Licht wrote in a note.
“I know this organization has undergone major changes,” Licht said. “I work slowly and thoughtfully in this process when considering all parts of my business. Where it makes sense to provide the best service to our employees and business. Will be reorganized with. “
Licht also announced a new beat, Gunsin America, that CNN will unfold in the near future.
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