Michael Bass, who oversaw CNN’s programming over a lot of the final decade, is leaving the information community on the finish of the yr.
CNN Chief Govt Chris Licht instructed staffers Monday that Bass has determined to depart the community and stated a search is underway for his alternative.
The exit of Bass isn’t a shock; he was an in depth ally of CNN’s earlier chief Jeff Zucker. Colleagues have stated he wished to depart when Zucker departed in February, however as a extremely trusted determine internally who deeply understood the CNN operation, he was persuaded to remain.
Bass’ departure is sure to result in hypothesis that different senior managers underneath the earlier regime will go away as effectively.
CNN has been in a state of turmoil in current months as stress to cut back prices mounts at father or mother firm Warner Bros. Discovery. The community’s chief beforehand introduced cutbacks in programming and doable layoffs, as new possession scrambles to cut back debt.
Bass is a veteran information government who labored with Zucker at NBC Information and on Katie Couric’s syndicated discuss present. He adopted Zucker to CNN in 2013 and have become his prime lieutenant.
Bass oversaw dwell breaking information protection, election nights and city hall-style displays with candidates and political leaders. He was admired internally for offering stability throughout the community throughout unsure occasions.
After Zucker was ousted earlier this yr over having did not disclose a relationship together with his prime aide, Alison Gollust, Bass took cost of CNN together with government vice presidents Amy Entelis and Ken Jautz till Licht arrived in April.
Licht’s memo praised Bass for his tenure at CNN.
“Michael kept CNN live and on air as COVID-19 shut the world down,” Licht stated. “Never has CNN been more essential than those bleak days when people were struggling to understand the pandemic. And as a part of the ‘Trio,’ Michael, Amy, and Ken guided CNN through a difficult transition period while simultaneously overseeing our exceptional coverage of the war in Ukraine.”