On Wednesday, Mark Thompson was reportedly named the next chairman and CEO of CNN by Warner Bros. Discovery.
Chris Licht’s brief leadership will be replaced by Thompson’s on October 9, according to Deadline.
He formerly held the positions of director general of the BBC and CEO of the New York Times Co.
CNN appeared to stumble and lack direction under Licht’s leadership despite being brought in to address internal and viewership issues.
In the upcoming months, it may be intriguing to see how Thompson attempts to change the liberal network’s course.
“I couldn’t be more excited about the chance to join CNN after years of watching it and competing against it with a mixture of admiration and envy. The world needs accurate trustworthy news now more than ever and we’ve never had more ways of meeting that need at home and abroad. Where others see disruption, I see opportunity. I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and get down to work with my new colleagues to build a successful future for CNN,” Thompson said.
With an average of 723,000 viewers, CNN currently trails Fox News and MSNBC by a significant margin.