Sir Mark Thompson, who was just named the new CEO of the US media behemoth, has expressed his commitment to creating a “successful future for CNN.”
The media mogul worked as the BBC’s director-general from 2004 until 2012. After that, he left to become the New York Times’ chief executive, a position he would hold until 2020.
In the King’s Birthday Honours in June 2023, he received a knighthood for his work in the media.
In a “time of huge disruption and transformation,” CNN’s parent company Warner Bros. Discovery announced on Wednesday that Sir Mark would take over as chair and CEO of CNN Worldwide.
Chris Licht, who assumed the position in May 2022 and left it effective immediately in June, will be replaced by him.
“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,” said Sir Mark, who will assume the role on October 9.We have never had more options for providing reliable, up-to-date news both domestically and internationally.
I’m eager to get started and work with my new coworkers to create a prosperous future for CNN.
“I see opportunity where others see disruption.”I am eager to get started and work with my new coworkers to create a prosperous future for CNN.
According to Warner Bros. Discovery, Sir Mark will serve as CNN’s editor-in-chief, overseeing the content of the company’s “global portfolio of networks, channels, and programming” as well as its 4,000 staff members across the world.
There isn’t a more knowledgeable, well-respected, or talented CEO in the news industry today than Mark, and we are happy to have him join our team and lead CNN Worldwide into the future, said David Zaslav, chief executive officer at Warner Bros Discovery.
For CNN and journalism at this critical juncture, (Sir Mark’s) strategic vision, track record of transformational leadership, and sheer enthusiasm for news make him a powerful force.
“Mark is a great pioneer who has modernized two of the most prestigious news organizations in the world for the internet era.
He is a tremendous force for CNN and journalism at this critical juncture because of his strategic vision, track record of revolutionary leadership, and sheer enthusiasm for news.
As the director-general of the BBC, Sir Mark oversaw one of the biggest newsrooms in the world during the 2008 financial crisis and the London Olympics in 2012. He also oversaw the expansion of web and smartphone services and the creation of the BBC iPlayer.
He oversaw the New York Times’ shift to a service that is primarily available online and has a sizable subscriber base.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn