CNN Head of Programming Michael Bass Leaves Cable News Channel – The Hollywood Reporter

CNN programming manager Michael Bass is leaving the cable news channel.

CNN CEO Chris Licht announced the decision to hire staff at the channel Monday morning, writing in a note that Bass “has made the decision to leave CNN at the end of this year” and noting that “he has been a steady hand during some of the most turbulent times this network has faced.

Licht added that CNN “is launching a search for Michael’s replacement, and we will communicate a tentative plan in the coming days.”

Bass was one of the executives who ran CNN (the others were head of talent and content development Amy Entelis and director of operations and production Ken Jautz) on an interim basis after Jeff Zucker left the channel earlier this year. Licht officially named Bass to his squad in July.

Bass was a longtime deputy to Zucker, having worked with him at NBC Today show and to Katie, the syndicated Katie Couric talk show that Zucker ran after leaving NBC. Zucker hired him from CNN in 2013 to lead programming.

Licht’s memo is below.

To my CNN colleagues,

I am writing to inform you that Michael Bass has made the decision to leave CNN at the end of this year. Throughout his almost decade-long career with this organization, Michael has shown incredible leadership and perseverance. He has been a steady hand during some of the most turbulent times this network has faced.

With a brilliant and brave team, Michael kept CNN live and on the air as COVID-19 shut down the world. Never has CNN been more essential than those dark days when people struggled to understand the pandemic. And as members of the “Trio,” Michael, Amy and Ken guided CNN through a difficult period of transition while simultaneously overseeing our outstanding coverage of the war in Ukraine.

As Head of National Programming, Michael helped create a number of new shows and revise old programs. His full list of accomplishments is too large to acknowledge in a single memo. But on the heels of the midterms, it’s worth noting that he has overseen coverage of elections, town halls and debates, and is the creator of CNN’s Key Race Alerts, which continue to distinguish our election coverage today. He has also developed a number of special series such as Roots, The Person Who Changed My Life, Champions for Change and the “Beyond the Call of Duty” franchise.

I wish Michael good luck in his future endeavours, and thank him for his contributions, advice and friendship. We are launching a search for Michael’s replacement, and we will communicate a tentative plan to you in the coming days.

Chris