Walton sent a note to CNN staff this morning reflecting on the last three decades, and thanking those at CNN who made sacrifices–both professional and personal.
When I was named president in 2003, CNN’s financial health was dire. We will finish 2012 with nine consecutive years of profit growth, and CNN profits this year will be more than three times greater than they were in ’03. From warring nations to natural disasters and national elections, our reporting this year has been timely, accurate and essential to more people on more platforms than at any other time in our history…
Jeff Zucker is a great leader for CNN’s next chapter. You are lucky to get him. But not as lucky as he is to be getting you.
Walton’s full memo is after the jump.