Zucker’s former top deputy Rebecca Kutler becomes latest to leave CNN

Zucker’s former top deputy Rebecca Kutler becomes latest to leave CNN

A veteran CNN government who’s credited with contributing to the success of star expertise akin to Abby Phillip and Van Jones is the most recent senior officer to depart the community, in accordance with a report.

Rebecca Kutler, who held the title of senior vp and head of programming for the now-defunct streaming service CNN+, is on her manner out, in accordance with Selection.

Kutler, who was a high deputy for former community boss Jeff Zucker, was in command of overseeing CNN’s roster of analysts, contributors, and commentators.

As a part of her portfolio, she was government producer for primetime host Don Lemon in addition to political anchor John King.

She was additionally instrumental in recruiting top-flight names akin to Kasie Hunt, Chris Wallace, and Audie Cornish to CNN+.

CNN+ was the extremely touted streaming service that was closely promoted by the mothership within the weeks and months resulting in its March 29 launch.

Nevertheless it was shut down simply weeks after CNN got here underneath the company umbrella of the newly merged entity Warner Bros. Discovery.

The poor subscriber numbers coupled with Warner Bros. Discovery plans to bundle its streaming platforms that embody HBO Max and Discovery meant that CNN+ was expendable.

After CNN+ was shut down, one other high government, Andrew Morse, who oversaw the launch of the short-lived streaming channel, introduced that he would resign.

In late Might, Meredith Artley, the editor in chief of CNN Digital, additionally mentioned she was leaving.

Alex MacCallum, the interim chief of CNN’s digital operations, has resigned efficient June 30.

Kutler is credited with contributing to the success of Van Jones.Getty Photos for World Citizen

Kutler is credited with hiring top-tier expertise together with anchor Abby Phillip.Getty Photos for The New York Ti

Robyn Peterson, CNN Digital’s chief know-how officer, can also be on her manner out.

CNN is in a interval of main transition underneath its new president, Chris Licht, who’s searching for to draw greater audiences to the cable community by de-emphasizing partisanship and opinionated commentary — a departure from his predecessor Zucker.

Kutler was additionally government producer for primetime host Don Lemon.Getty Photos

Licht reportedly nudged producers to keep away from describing former President Donald Trump’s claims that the 2020 election was stolen as “the massive lie” – a transfer that comes as high brass drive a shift towards impartial information protection.

Licht, who took over as CNN’s president earlier this yr and is driving an overhaul on the left-leaning community, revealed his desire throughout a convention name with present government producers and administration on Tuesday, Mediaite reported.

Zucker stepped down earlier this yr after it was realized that he and his high advertising officer have been having a years-long affair.

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