CNN President Jim Walton Resigns

Townhall.com Staff

7/27/2012 2:07:00 PM - Townhall.com Staff
CNN President Jim Walton announced this morning he is resigning after leading the news network for ten years. The following note was sent to staff members:

After more than 30 years at this company and nearly 10 years as the leader of this great news organization, I have decided to leave my role at CNN on December 31, 2012.

For some time, I’ve been talking with Phil Kent about wanting to make a change, and he supports my decision. I’ve told Phil that I will cooperate with any transition timeline that he and Time Warner want to implement. Phil requested that I work out the year and be available after that if needed, which I’ve agreed to do.

I am proud of what we have accomplished together over these last 10 years – innovative programming, the development of great talent in front of and behind the cameras, expansion in digital and mobile, significant investment and expansion in international coverage, financial success and, most importantly, great and trusted journalism. Thank you for the role you have played in our successes.

CNN needs new thinking. That starts with a new leader who brings a different perspective, different experiences and a new plan, one who will build on our great foundation and will commit to seeing it through. And I’m ready for a change. I have interests to explore and I want to give myself time to do it.

The next few months will be filled with election news and other important events that will require all of our focus to report the news with the quality and expertise the world expects of CNN. I look forward to working alongside each of you, as I have over the past 30-plus years, to do just that.

Jim

The AP reports on CNN's recent struggles in the United States.

CNN's U.S. network had its worst-ever ratings for a second quarter, down 40 percent for some of its prime-time shows. The decline was particularly notable in May, when CNN faced tough competition from broadcast networks during a slow news period and its ratings were compared to a year earlier, in the aftermath of the Osama bin Laden killing.

CNN has said that it will not look to rebrand itself in order to boost ratings. The network still sees itself as a non-partisan middle ground between Fox and MSNBC, and plans to continue focusing on reporting. It will be interesting to see what changes, if any, the next CNN President makes if ratings don’t improve by the end of the year.

This post was authored by Townhall.com editorial intern Kyle Bonnell .