Chris Licht, Stephen Colbert’s top producer at CBS, has been named the new director of CNN, which he is expected to take over in May.
The tentative appointment of icht to replace Jeff Zucker as CNN director was widely reported over the weekend.
Before turning to late-night television, Licht was the executive director of the CBS news shows This Morning and Morning Joe on MSNBC.
The appointment was made by David Zaslav, Discovery chief executive officer, who is expected to take over the merged company when Discovery’s acquisition of CNN’s parent company WarnerMedia is approved this spring.
Mr. Zaslav called Licht a “dynamic and creative producer, an engaging and thoughtful journalist, and a genuine news reporter.”
He said Licht is “a highly disciplined individual who is trusted, works hard and makes every organization stronger, more innovative and more engaged”.
Zucker was forced out earlier this month, after admitting he broke company rules by not disclosing his romantic relationship with Allison Gollust, CNN’s chief marketing officer .
Ms. Gollust later also left the company.
Licht, in a statement, promised to maintain and build on CNN’s legacy.
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“I look forward to returning to my journalistic roots,” he said.
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