Discovery CEO David Zaslav is anticipated to call Chris Licht head of stories for Warner Bros. Discovery, as soon as Discovery’s merger with WarnerMedia is accomplished within the coming weeks, a supply conversant in the choice confirms to The Hollywood Reporter. It’s a brand new position that may embody worldwide oversight of CNN, in addition to the corporate’s different worldwide information property.
Licht will be a part of the brand new firm from CBS’ Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the place he has been the manager producer since 2016. He is additionally an govt vp at CBS accountable for particular programming. Before becoming a member of the late night time comedy present, Licht was a veteran information producer, serving as an govt at CBS News and having re-launched the CBS morning present CBS This Morning as its govt producer. Before becoming a member of CBS News in 2011 he was the manager producer of MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
Licht will be a part of CNN throughout a time of tumult on the venerable cable information channel. Jeff Zucker resigned as the top of WarnerMedia News and Sports earlier this month after the corporate’s investigation into Chris Cuomo expanded to incorporate a relationship that he had with CNN’s head of selling Allison Gollust. Licht’s position is not anticipated to incorporate oversight of Warner Bros. Discovery’s sports activities property.
Puck News first reported that Zaslav was anticipated to rent Licht.
The timing of the departure, simply weeks earlier than the anticipated shut of WarnerMedia’s merger with Discovery, couldn’t have come at a worse time for both firm. It left Discovery with a vital place to fill when it could slightly be coping with different issues (and with on-air expertise resentful of how the departure was dealt with), and it left CNN with out its information chief simply because it is set to launch its most essential new providing in years, the streaming service CNN+.
WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar had held tense conferences with workers after Zucker’s departure, telling workers in New York on Feb. 7 that “I do believe it is in David’s best interest to act with a sense of urgency in terms of providing that visibility,” when it coms to naming a successor to Zucker.
Licht, as a veteran producer recognized to forge pleasant relationships with expertise, would appear to suit an analogous mould as Zucker, who engendered loyalty amongst many key anchors, and who was recognized to feed concepts or questions on to anchors mid-show.