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NBC’s Zucker Out, CNN’s Klein Fired

(L to R): Jonathan Klein and Ken Jautz

Two huge changes today in major network news — NBC’s Jeff Zucker and CNN’s Jonathan Klein are both hitting the road. Zucker informed staff Friday that he was leaving. Klein was fired earlier this week. TVNewser has a copy of the memo Zucker wrote to staff.

Ken Jautz, who heads HLN, will step in to Klein’s post.

An excerpt from NYT‘s Brian Stelter‘s story: “The change is effective immediately. Mr. Klein was fired earlier this week by his boss Jim Walton, the president of CNN Worldwide. In a telephone interview, Mr. Klein said Mr. Walton “told me they wanted to restructure things this way, and thank you very much, and good luck.”

An excerpt from NYT‘s Bill Carter‘s piece: “In an interview at NBC’s executive offices, Mr. Zucker, who is 45, said the decision to leave the only employer he has ever worked for — a decision that he acknowledged was not his own choice — became inevitable after a meeting two weeks ago with Steve Burke, Comcast’s chief operating officer.”

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