Zucker’s former assistant Rebecca Kutler is the latest to leave CNN


A veteran CNN executive credited with helping star talent such as Abby Phillip and Van Jones become the latest senior executive to leave the network, according to a report.

Rebecca Kutler, who held the title of senior vice president and head of programming at the now-defunct streaming service CNN+, is set to leave, according to Variety.

Kutler, who was a top aide to former network boss Jeff Zucker, was responsible for overseeing CNN’s roster of analysts, contributors and commentators.

As part of her portfolio, she served as an executive producer for prime-time host Don Lemon as well as political anchor John King.

She has also been instrumental in recruiting top names such as Kasie Hunt, Chris Wallace and Audie Cornish to CNN+.

CNN+ was the highly touted streaming service that was heavily promoted by the mothership in the weeks and months leading up to its March 29 launch.

But it was shut down just weeks after CNN came under the umbrella of newly merged entity Warner Bros. Discovery.

The low number of subscribers associated with Warner Bros. Discovery to bundle its streaming platforms that include HBO Max and Discovery meant CNN+ was expendable.

After CNN+ shut down, another top executive, Andrew Morse, who oversaw the launch of the short-lived streaming channel, announced he would step down.

At the end of May, Meredith Artley, the editor of CNN Digital, also said she was leaving.

Alex MacCallum, CNN’s acting chief of digital operations, stepped down on June 30.

Kutler is credited with contributing to Van Jones’ success.
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Kutler is credited with hiring top talent, including presenter Abby Phillip.
Kutler is credited with hiring top talent, including presenter Abby Phillip.
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Robyn Peterson, chief technology officer of CNN Digital, is also set to leave.

CNN is in a major transition period under its new president, Chris Licht, who is seeking to attract a wider audience to the cable network by minimizing partisanship and opinionated commentary — a departure from his predecessor Zucker.

Kutler also served as executive producer for prime-time host Don Lemon.
Kutler also served as executive producer for prime-time host Don Lemon.
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Licht reportedly urged producers to avoid portraying former President Donald Trump’s claims that the 2020 election was stolen as ‘the big lie’ – a move that comes as senior brass drive a shift to cover neutral media.

Licht, who took over as president of CNN earlier this year and is leading a leftist network overhaul, revealed his preference during a conference call with the show’s executive producers and management on Tuesday, Mediaite reported. .

Zucker quit earlier this year after learning he and his chief marketing executive had a years-long affair.

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