Warner Bros. Discovery has appointed Mark Thompson, former director-general of the BBC and CEO of the New York Times Co., chairman/CEO of CNN Worldwide, effective Oct. 9.
He will be responsible for strategy, operations and programming across CNN’s broadcast, streaming and digital properties.
“Mark is a true innovator who has transformed for the digital age two of the world’s most respected news organizations,” said David Zaslav, WBD CEO. “His strategic vision, track record in transformational leadership and sheer passion for news make him a formidable force for CNN and journalism at this pivotal time.”
Thomas held the NYTC CEO job from 2012-2020, and led the BBC from 2004-2012.
Prior to taking the top spot at BBC, Thompson worked as researcher, director, field producer and showrunner at the news division.
CNN’s interim leadership team of David Leavy, COO; and EVPs Amy Entelis, (talent and content development); Virginia Moseley (editorial, CNN US); and Eric Sherling, (US programming) will continue in their functional roles.
They will report to Thompson.