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  Jonathan Klein forced out as head of CNN's US network
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Last EditedHomegrown Democrat  Sep 24, 2010 12:42pm
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AuthorRichard Adams
MediaNewspaper - Guardian
News DateSaturday, September 25, 2010 04:55:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionJonathan Klein, president of CNN's US network, leaves his post today after a sudden announcement that he has been replaced by Ken Jautz, the head of CNN's downmarket but more popular sister channel HLN.

Klein's departure comes after a disastrous year for CNN, as its daily ratings slumped by 36% to an average of 640,000 weekday viewers, putting it in third place behind Fox News and MSNBC among cable news channels. Fox News averages 2.4m viewers while MSNBC has nearly 850,000. HLN averages around 550,000 on weekdays.

In announcing the shake-up, CNN's worldwide president Jim Walton said in an email to staff this morning: "Our colleague Jon Klein is leaving CNN. Jon's six years as head of CNN/US are reflected in the quality of our coverage of signal news events during his tenure".
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