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This is How CNN Dies

Shortly after noon on Feb. 2, WarnerMedia Chief Executive Jason Kilar held a video call with top CNN executives to explain his decision to replace Jeff Zucker, the cable news channel’s long-serving president.

Mr. Kilar, who joined from a conference room in CNN’s Hudson Yards headquarters in New York, sat at the head of the table where Mr. Zucker normally conducted his 9 a.m. news meetings, people familiar with the situation said. That rankled some CNN executives, the people said.

Mr. Zucker resigned last week, saying he failed to disclose a consensual romantic relationship with a top aide, communications and marketing chief Allison Gollust. His sudden exit has highlighted long-simmering tensions between Mr. Kilar, who consolidated control over CNN in a 2020 WarnerMedia restructuring, and Mr. Zucker, who has prized his independence, people close to the company said.

Mr. Zucker’s departure has also shaken CNN’s talent and underscored the fierce loyalty he enjoys from many anchors and staffers, some of whom say that they think Mr. Zucker was forced out unfairly and that they want more information about his exit. Read more…

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