New York: Struggling CNN has fired Jon Klein,
the head of its US network.
CNN Worldwide President Jim Walton said today that Klein
is being replaced by Ken Jautz, who currently runs HLN. The
former Headline News Network has been a success in recent
years with a switch to an opinionated prime-time lineup.
Klein, a former CBS executive, has never been able to
solve the puzzle of building a prime-time lineup competitive
in the ratings. CNN badly trails top-ranked Fox News Channel,
and MSNBC`s switch to a left-focused talk lineup at night has
also left CNN behind.
The timing, however, is odd. Klein just remade CNN`s
prime-time lineup with an 8 pm show starring former New York
Gov Eliot Spitzer, which debuts next week, and announced Piers
Morgan as the replacement to Larry King.