Former CBS Exec Pioneered Online News Video Hub, The FeedRoom

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NEW YORK ( -- CNN today said it has named a new president for is U.S. operation. appointment was made by Jim Walton, president of CNN News Group, who is expected to reveal a programming shake-up at the Time Warner cable network by the new year.

Jonathan Klein, a former top CBS News executive and founder of FeedRoom, takes on responsibilities previously held by Princell Hair, who was executive vice president and general manager of CNN's U.S. division. Mr. Hair is moving to a new role as senior vice president of program and talent development, working across the entire CNN News Group, which includes Headline News and

'Shape editorial tome'
Mr. Klein will oversee the domestic news network and will "shape the editorial tone and direction" of the network, CNN said.

Prior to founding FeedRoom in 1999, which launched in August 2000, Mr. Klein was an executive vice president at CBS News who oversaw shows including 60 Minutes and other off-network programming. Mr. Klein also brought CNN's Christiane Amanpour to CBS as a 60 Minutes contributor.

The New York-based FeedRoom is a online streaming video hub that is to online news publishers what The Associated Press is to print publishers. It provides TV-like video news and features footage streamed directly to consumers' computers. The FeedRoom's services are used to provide news video on the Web sites of media companies including NBC Universal, CBS, America Online, Tribune Co., USA Today and Reuters.

Understanding news consumers
In a statement Mr. Klein said, "Six years steeped in the digital information industry have helped me understand today's news consumers in ways never before available to media executives."

Bart Feder, currently senior vice president and general manager at FeedRoom, will take over as CEO, a company spokeswoman said today.

Mr. Walton gave the first indication that there would be major changes at CNN when the network Oct. 29 announced the closure of CNNfn. Two shows, Open House and The Dolans Unscripted, are being moved from CNNfn to either CNN or Headline News. An executive at CNN said the staff was expecting changes to CNN's prime-time lineup.

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