Jon Klein Out At CNN
September 24, 2010 at 11:05 AM (PT)
CNN/U.S. President JONATHAN KLEIN has exited the network, with KEN JAUTZ, the head of sister network HLN (formerly HEADLINE NEWS), moving up to EVP and taking over KLEIN's duties. CNN WORLDWIDE Chief Marketing Officer SCOT SAFON will become EVP of HLN to fill JAUTZ's former position.
"KEN is a rarity -- a working journalist who is an even better news executive," CNN President JIM WALTON said in a staff memo. "KEN has launched, made profitable and turned around businesses for our news organization, TURNER BROADCASTING and TIME WARNER literally around the world."
CNN's primary TV channel has been struggling in the ratings for some time, trailing FOX NEWS CHANNEL and being passed by MSNBC, while HLN has seen growth. KLEIN's departure comes on the heels of CNN's prime-time revamp with the replacement of LARRY KING by PIERS MORGAN and the introduction of a show with former NEW YORK Gov. ELIOT SPITZER and columnist KATHLEEN PARKER. KLEIN had been with CNN for six years.