The man in charge of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, on CBS, will soon be installed as the head of CNN News, replacing Jeff Zucker.
Chris Licht used to work on “Morning Joe” and “CBS This Morning” and emerged as a top contender for Zucker’s former job. A Saturday report by Puck attributes sources who have spoken directly with Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav for the news that Licht has been tapped by Zaslav to run CNN.
Licht will run CNN news for the merged entity Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD), a source familiar with the matter reportedly said. Zucker had also had oversight of sports, in addition to news. Licht’s CBS contract expires in April, the report noted. That timing dovetails nicely with the timing of a Discovery shareholders meeting scheduled for March 11, when his hiring is expected to be announced officially.
After Puck reported news of Zucker’s replacement, CNN posted a story confirming the succession.
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