(The following is a reformatted version of a CNN internal memo.
The memo was confirmed.)
November 29, 2012
From: Phil Kent
I am very pleased to confirm that Jeff Zucker will be joining
CNN as president of CNN Worldwide. We’re making the announcement
today. But first, I want to share my thinking on this decision
with you directly.
After a careful search process, I picked Jeff because of his
extensive experience and track record in broadcast and cable
news, his passion for the news business and his strong belief,
which I share, that the best days of CNN lie ahead if we create
news programming on each of our platforms that delivers on the
core values of the CNN brand: accuracy, immediacy and offering
all perspectives through great reporting, analysis, explanation
When Jim Walton announced his intention to step down at the end
of the year, he specifically said that CNN needed “new thinking”
to build upon our existing strengths and strong legacy. Jeff
will provide that, and while he has enormous respect for our
organization and brand, I expect that he also will challenge our
thinking--yours and mine--in a very healthy and inclusive way.
In a career that has seen significant professional success in
both broadcast and cable, Jeff has demonstrated his ability to
run multiple lines of business and fiercely defend journalists
We have both short-term and long-term challenges ahead, from
strengthening our normal news day programming to navigating
through the changing consumption patterns of news. We are in a
great position to do that with strong business fundamentals,
terrific journalists and very strong platforms: two domestic
networks, an international network and an innovative digital
business, as well as our other enterprises.
Jeff will be based in New York and will start at the end of
January, but you may see him sooner in the hallways there and in
Atlanta. In the meantime, I ask all of you to stay focused and
please be a little patient; no one should expect overnight
transformation. CNN will continue to achieve its successes
through great teamwork and collaboration, and I couldn’t be more
pleased to position the best leader for the road ahead. When you
meet Jeff, please wish him well and tell him he can count on
I want to thank you for your continuing commitment and great
work at and for CNN.
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