CNN CEO Chris Licht has stepped down from the cable news channel after a brief and tumultuous year at the company.
The move marks a swift downfall for Licht, a longtime television executive who in 2022 replaced CNN’s well-liked leader, Jeff Zucker, after he failed to disclose a consensual relationship with a longtime co-worker.
Licht’s departure is immediate and the company will look for a replacement, CNN’s parent company Warner Bros. Discovery Inc. said in a statement.
“I have great respect for Chris, personally and professionally,” said David Zaslav, president and CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, in the statement. “The job of leading CNN was never going to be easy, especially at a time of huge disruption and transformation, and he has poured his heart and soul into it.