HLN boss Albie Hecht is out at the network, as announced today by CNN’s Jeff Zucker.
Zucker is shifting HLN’s focus away from its ‘trending’ identity and is going back on track of following CNN.
“As we look towards 2016, I now believe that by driving HLN’s programming during the daytime and overnight hours closer to CNN’s, and by utilizing a much stronger library of content that has been built in the last three years, we can take that success to even greater heights,” Zucker wrote in a memo to staffers.
Former HLN boss and current CNN EVP Ken Jautz will oversee HLN on an interim basis. Jautz formerly launched HLN primetime opinion-based programming, such as Nancy Grace.
Zucker touted the morning show’s success in the memo, too. “Morning Express has surged to the number two spot in cable morning news.”
Of Hecht, Zucker said, “[He] has done a terrific job running HLN. And it hasn’t been easy. His vision, creativity, persistence and commitment have been unwavering and he has been instrumental to HLN’s progress.”
Hecht said he was “extremely proud of the transformation we have accomplished.”