‘Colbert’ Producer Chris Licht Set to Run CNN Amid Discovery-WarnerMedia Merger

The search to replace Jeff Zucker is over.

Multiple outlets are reporting that Chris Licht, the former “Morning Joe” producer who currently runs “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” will be placed in charge of the cable network when Discovery merges with WarnerMedia later this year.

Licht is expected to be named head of news for the new entity, Warner Bros.


The position will put him in command of CNN, but he will not run the conglomerate’s sports division, as Zucker did.The move comes at a tumultuous moment for CNN after a 2021 that saw the cable network bogged down with scandals from both its on-air talent and c-suite executives.

Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin was suspended for eight months for inappropriately exposing himself on a Zoom call.

Primetime anchor Chris Cuomo followed that by secretly advising his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, on his sexual harassment

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