CNN, which continues to struggle in the ratings against Fox News Channel and MSNBC, has announced the exit of CNN/U.S. President Jonathan Klein, Vanity Fair reports.
Klein was quickly replaced by Ken Jautz, executive VP of CNN’s sister channel HLN. Jautz reportedly keeps the title of executive VP.
“Our colleague Jon Klein is leaving CNN. Jon’s six years as head of CNN/U.S. are reflected in the quality of our coverage of signal news events during his tenure,” CNN Worldwide president Jim Walton said in an e-mail to the company’s employees.
The Associated Press called the move a firing, and The New York Times reported that Klein did not show up today for work, according to the story.
“The CNN I’m leaving today is demonstrably stronger than the one I inherited almost six years ago–both editorially and financially,” Klein is quoted as saying.