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July 10, 2001 | DANA CALVO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Walter Isaacson, who spent the past 23 years working his way up through the ranks of Time Inc., has left his post as editorial director of the operation to head CNN News Group, which is struggling to compete with News Corp.'s Fox News Channel and General Electric Co.-Microsoft Corp. cable news venture MSNBC. Monday's announcement came just 11 days after CNN's longtime chairman, Tom Johnson, stepped down and six months after CNN laid off nearly 10% of its work force.
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May 30, 2005 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
When 22-year-old Jim Walton began at CNN as a lowly video journalist in 1981, a year after its inception, he got a lot of blank stares when he mentioned his employer. "Most people didn't know what CNN was," Walton recalled. "'They said, 'CNN -- what's that? A bank?' " The few who did derided the new cable channel as the "Chicken Noodle Network" because of its cash-strapped beginnings and scoffed at founder Ted Turner's notion that viewers would tune into a 24-hour news network.
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BUSINESS
August 30, 2001 | ELIZABETH JENSEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Philip Kent, brought in a year ago as CNN's No. 2 executive, will leave at the end of September, the cable news network said Wednesday. Kent, whose title is president and chief operating officer, CNN News Group, oversaw the first difficult steps of CNN's restructuring as it grappled with increasing competition and, earlier this year, its integration into the new AOL Time Warner Inc. empire.
BUSINESS
November 23, 2004 | Lynn Smith, Times Staff Writer
Memo to Paula Zahn, Anderson Cooper and Aaron Brown: Can we beef up the personality? That request could be coming soon from Jonathan Klein, the new president of CNN/U.S. Klein, an online entrepreneur and former CBS News executive, was brought in Monday as CNN reshuffled its executive ranks again in the latest effort to save its declining prime-time ratings.
BUSINESS
February 20, 2002 | ELIZABETH JENSEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The process of revamping CNN continues, as Teya Ryan, who oversaw the successful summer revamp of the CNN Headline News channel, was named executive vice president and general manager of CNN's flagship U.S. channel Tuesday. Ryan replaces Sid Bedingfield, a 16-year CNN veteran who became executive editor, CNN News Group, serving as deputy on editorial matters to CNN News Group Chairman Walter Isaacson.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 16, 2003 | Elizabeth Jensen, Times Staff Writer
CNN shook up its executive ranks and unveiled a new management structure Monday, in another round of changes over the past several years as it tries to compete with dominant Fox News Channel. The changes include a significant reduction in operating duties for one of CNN's longest tenured, chief news executive Eason Jordan, as well as the departure of CNN/U.S. General Manager Teya Ryan.
BUSINESS
November 23, 2004 | Lynn Smith, Times Staff Writer
Memo to Paula Zahn, Anderson Cooper and Aaron Brown: Can we beef up the personality? That request could be coming soon from Jonathan Klein, the new president of CNN/U.S. Klein, an online entrepreneur and former CBS News executive, was brought in Monday as CNN reshuffled its executive ranks again in the latest effort to save its declining prime-time ratings.
BUSINESS
January 14, 2003 | Elizabeth Jensen, Times Staff Writer
Walter Isaacson abruptly resigned Monday as chairman and chief executive of CNN News Group after just 18 months, a period during which he oversaw an overhaul of the cable news network, but was unable to stop rival Fox News Channel from surpassing it in the ratings. Isaacson, 50, had contemplated leaving CNN last year, sources said. But recently, according to associates, he seemed to be settling into his new role as a television executive.
BUSINESS
June 29, 2001 | ELIZABETH JENSEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
CNN chief Tom Johnson unexpectedly announced Thursday that he is retiring after 11 years at the helm of the news network. Johnson, news group chairman and chief executive, had insisted for the last year that he had no plans to leave the Atlanta-based network, even as new management structures left him with less day-to-day responsibility.
BUSINESS
January 18, 2001 | ELIZABETH JENSEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
CNN said it will lay off nearly 10% of its 4,350 employees and centralize its news- gathering system in a bid to revitalize the 21-year-old cable news network at a time of declining ratings and intense new competition. CNN also named new executives to head three struggling spinoff cable networks. The moves, which will tie CNN's television operations more closely to its Internet sites, had been anticipated since last week's acquisition of CNN parent Time Warner by America Online.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 16, 2003 | Elizabeth Jensen, Times Staff Writer
CNN shook up its executive ranks and unveiled a new management structure Monday, in another round of changes over the past several years as it tries to compete with dominant Fox News Channel. The changes include a significant reduction in operating duties for one of CNN's longest tenured, chief news executive Eason Jordan, as well as the departure of CNN/U.S. General Manager Teya Ryan.
NEWS
March 22, 2003 | Elizabeth Jensen
CNN found its experienced correspondents silenced Friday, a day when Baghdad was at the hub of the action in Iraq, after government authorities expelled the cable channel's four journalists from the city. The Iraqis expressed "general outrage" over CNN's reporting, according to network representatives.
BUSINESS
January 14, 2003 | Elizabeth Jensen, Times Staff Writer
Walter Isaacson abruptly resigned Monday as chairman and chief executive of CNN News Group after just 18 months, a period during which he oversaw an overhaul of the cable news network, but was unable to stop rival Fox News Channel from surpassing it in the ratings. Isaacson, 50, had contemplated leaving CNN last year, sources said. But recently, according to associates, he seemed to be settling into his new role as a television executive.
BUSINESS
February 20, 2002 | ELIZABETH JENSEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The process of revamping CNN continues, as Teya Ryan, who oversaw the successful summer revamp of the CNN Headline News channel, was named executive vice president and general manager of CNN's flagship U.S. channel Tuesday. Ryan replaces Sid Bedingfield, a 16-year CNN veteran who became executive editor, CNN News Group, serving as deputy on editorial matters to CNN News Group Chairman Walter Isaacson.
NEWS
September 16, 2001 | DANA CALVO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saturday, as retaliation for the deadly attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon seemed increasingly imminent, CNN's Nic Robertson enjoyed the dubious distinction of being the only broadcast reporter for a U.S. news organization in Afghanistan--expected to be the focus of the counterattack. Early Thursday morning, Robertson called a CNN executive in New York and said the Taliban had warned Western journalists in the Afghan capital to evacuate. "I got a call at 2:30 a.m.
BUSINESS
August 30, 2001 | ELIZABETH JENSEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Philip Kent, brought in a year ago as CNN's No. 2 executive, will leave at the end of September, the cable news network said Wednesday. Kent, whose title is president and chief operating officer, CNN News Group, oversaw the first difficult steps of CNN's restructuring as it grappled with increasing competition and, earlier this year, its integration into the new AOL Time Warner Inc. empire.
NEWS
September 16, 2001 | DANA CALVO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saturday, as retaliation for the deadly attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon seemed increasingly imminent, CNN's Nic Robertson enjoyed the dubious distinction of being the only broadcast reporter for a U.S. news organization in Afghanistan--expected to be the focus of the counterattack. Early Thursday morning, Robertson called a CNN executive in New York and said the Taliban had warned Western journalists in the Afghan capital to evacuate. "I got a call at 2:30 a.m.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 1, 2000 | ELIZABETH JENSEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When CNN executives talked about the major management restructuring unveiled earlier this week, they painted it in terms of leading the charge into the digital future, as delivery of news and information changes at lightning speed.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2001 | DANA CALVO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Walter Isaacson, who spent the past 23 years working his way up through the ranks of Time Inc., has left his post as editorial director of the operation to head CNN News Group, which is struggling to compete with News Corp.'s Fox News Channel and General Electric Co.-Microsoft Corp. cable news venture MSNBC. Monday's announcement came just 11 days after CNN's longtime chairman, Tom Johnson, stepped down and six months after CNN laid off nearly 10% of its work force.
BUSINESS
June 29, 2001 | ELIZABETH JENSEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
CNN chief Tom Johnson unexpectedly announced Thursday that he is retiring after 11 years at the helm of the news network. Johnson, news group chairman and chief executive, had insisted for the last year that he had no plans to leave the Atlanta-based network, even as new management structures left him with less day-to-day responsibility.
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