CNN is in search of a clear business strategy as well as a CEO

2023-06-08 15:01:53  • 7 mins

Key Points

  • CNN is seeking a new CEO after Chris Licht left the company following a series of missteps.
  • His tenure may well have been doomed from the beginning about a year ago, when he killed CNN+.
  • Without the fledgling streaming service, which lasted just a few weeks, he had no clear business vision for the news network.

In this article

  • WBD

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Chris Licht, Chairman and CEO, CNN Worldwide, speaks onstage during the Warner Bros. Discovery Upfront 2023 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on May 17, 2023 in New York City.

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Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav could have selected from a litany of reasons to fire Chris Licht as CNN's chief.

Licht, who left the network Wednesday after just over a year in the role, struggled with leadership style, lifting morale, programming decisions, how to cover former President Donald Trump and, ultimately, hubris.

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