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Albie Hecht Named General Manager of HLN

Spike TV founder Albie Hecht has been named executive vice president and general manager of HLN, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker announced today. His appointment is effective September 30.

Hecht’s appointment comes on the heels on an executive reorganization at HLN and CNN. Scott Safon, the former HLN chief, departed the network at the end of August, and CNN/U.S. EVP Ken Jautz has been managing HLN in the interim.

“Three key factors made the decision to join HLN easy: the opportunity to further evolve a noted brand, reinvent news in a digital age and work for Jeff, an industry giant,” Hecht said in a statement. “Creating engaging and buzzed about content across multiple platforms is in my DNA, and I am excited to make magic with the talented team at HLN.”

Hecht is a former president of Nickelodeon Entertainment. He is currently the CEO of Worldwide Biggies, a digital entertainment studio based in New York.

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Jon Klein out as CNN/U.S. President

Breaking: CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein is leaving the company, the network confirms.  HLN chief Ken Jautz will replace Klein at the parent network as executive VP of CNN/U.S., with CNN CMO Scot Safon taking over HLN.

“Jon has made important contributions to the CNN story, and he leaves with our respect and friendship, and with my sincere thanks,” wrote CNN Worldwide president Jim Walton in a memo to employees his morning.

“The CNN I’m leaving today is demonstrably stronger than the one I inherited almost six years ago – both editorially and financially,” wrote Klein in a memo to staff. “That is a tribute to your passion for telling stories that matter, your talent for uncovering the truth without layering on destructive bluster or partisan spin, and your willingness to indulge my appetite for innovation and change.”

Klein’s departure and Jautz’s hire was first reported this morning by FTVLive.

The timing of Klein’s departure is strange, given that the new primetime lineup he helped design is yet to debut on the network. The first of those programs, “Parker Spitzer,” will premiere in early October. Piers Morgan will take over the 9 PM timeslot from Larry King early next year.

Klein had been president of CNN’s U.S. network since 2004, signing a four-year contract extension in 2007. he is the second major news chief to announce his departure in recent weeks. ABC News president David Westin announced he would leave that company earlier this month.

The memos from Walton and Klein are after the jump.

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