Mark Thompson has been named the new Chairman and CEO of CNN Worldwide.
The former director-general of the BBC will report to David Zaslav, chief executive officer, Warner Bros. Discovery, and the appointment will be effective on October 9.
In his new role, Thompson will lead CNN’s strategy, operations and business units, including its global portfolio of networks, channels and programming across broadcast, streaming and digital as well as CNN’s approximately 4,000 employees worldwide. He will act as editor-in-chief, ultimately responsible for all CNN content.
“I couldn’t be more excited about the chance to join CNN after years of watching it and competing against it with a mixture of admiration and envy,” said Thompson.
“The world needs accurate trustworthy news now more than ever and we’ve never had more ways of meeting that need at home and abroad. Where others see disruption, I see opportunity.
“I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and get down to work with my new colleagues to build a successful future for CNN.”
Thompson – a 40-plus-year veteran of the news business – was a president and CEO of The New York Times from 2012-2020, and director-general of the BBC from 2004-2012.
“There isn’t a more experienced, respected or capable executive in the news business today than Mark, and we are thrilled to have him join our team and lead CNN Worldwide into the future,” said David Zaslav, chief executive officer, Warner Bros. Discovery.
“Mark is a true innovator who has transformed for the digital age two of the world’s most respected news organizations. 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.”
Thompson was knighted for services to Media in the King’s Birthday Honours June 2023.