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Former BBC director general ‘in talks to take over at CNN’

According to reports, Mark Thompson is one of the leading candidates to take on the top role at the news channel

Former BBC director general Mark Thompson is reportedly in talks to succeed Chris Licht as chairman and chief executive of CNN.

According to Semafor. Thompson is one of the leading candidates being considered by CNN’s owner, Warner Bros Discovery.

Thompson joined the BBC in 1979 as a production trainee, he became editor of the Nine O’Clock News and Panorama and later, director of television. He was appointed DG in 2004 and remained in the post until 2012.

After leaving the broadcaster he joined The New York Times, stepping down from his role in 2020.

Licht joined CNN in May 2022 but was forced out earlier this year.

CNN has not commented on the report.