With due respect to the other business units, there’s no part of our company that is more globally revered, more closely watched and more constantly evolving than CNN. The evolution continued in 2013 under Jeff Zucker. In front of the camera and behind it, Jeff and his management team made big, bold changes this year, and a lot of them. There are success stories across the CNN schedule, and there will be more as the changes gather and gain audience.
Meanwhile, I am encouraged that for the year now drawing to a close, CNN’s ratings are essentially even with last year, when elections and several global disasters made for challenging year-to-year comparisons, while those of its main cable news competitors are down sharply. Of course, CNN is more than the domestic television network. Its international scope and digital leadership—including best-ever metrics for page views and mobile usage—continue to set us apart and, in my admittedly biased opinion, above. I appreciate what Jeff and the CNN team have done and I can’t wait to see what they do next.
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