HLN Tries Yet Another Programming Strategy; CEO Exits Company

Network Gives Over Part of Its Programming Block to Sibling CNN

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Albie Hecht, former CEO of HLN
Albie Hecht, former CEO of HLN Credit: Cable News Network, Inc.

HLN is going through yet another change in its programming strategy. This time the Turner-owned network will give over part of its programming block to sibling channel CNN, Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide said in a memo to employees.

Amid the programming shift, Albie Hecht, who has led HLN since fall of 2013, will exit the company.

"As we look toward 2016, I now believe that by driving HLN's programming during the daytime and overnight hours closer to CNN's, and by utilizing a much stronger library of content that has been built in the last three years, we can take that success to even greater heights," Mr. Zucker said in the memo.

Ken Jautz, a longtime CNN executive, will oversee HLN on an interim basis.

Mr. Hecht has spent much of his time in the role transforming HLN from a network dedicated to headline news to a place focusing on culling stories and content from trending topics on social media.

While Mr. Zucker praised Mr. Hecht's work, saying, "the primetime lineup features some of the biggest personalities in cable, and they are integral to HLN's success story," he will take away some of those hours and give it over to CNN's original content.

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