by James Meyers
August 30, 2023
Warner Bros. Discovery announced on Wednesday that Mark Thompson, the former Chief Executive of The New York Times and Director-General of the BBC, will be the new CEO of CNN Worldwide.
Thompson had been listed as one of the favorites for the position in multiple reports, suggesting Warner Bros. Discovery was close to announcing its new permanent news chief.
“There isn’t a more experienced, respected or capable executive in the news business today than Mark, and we are thrilled to have him join our team and lead CNN Worldwide into the future,” David Zaslav, the Chief Executive of CNN parent company Warner Bros. Discovery, said in a statement.
The hiring of Thompson comes almost three months after Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav fired Chris Licht from the position in June.
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