CNN/US President Jon Klein Fired

Jonathan Klein is out as the president of CNN/US.

According to TVNewser, Klein is being replaced by HLN chief Ken Jautz.

Although it hasn't been confirmed, the website FTVLive is reporting Klein was fired.

Klein, who got the position in 2004, was given a four-year extension in 2007.

With CNN's ratings in the dumps, and decisions like giving disgraced former New York governor Eliot Spitzer a show with Kathleen Parker, one has to wonder why it took so long.

Of course, if this news is true, it will be interesting to see whether any of Klein's recent moves will be reversed.

Stay tuned.

*****Update: CNN has now confirmed. The Associated Press is reporting he was fired and didn't come to work today:

The timing, however, is odd. Klein just remade CNN's prime-time lineup with an 8 p.m. show starring former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, which debuts next week, and announced Piers Morgan as the replacement to Larry King. 

Maybe it's not odd at all. Maybe those pathetic decisions are the reason.

Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard, Associate Editor of NewsBusters, passed away in March of 2014.