NEW YORK — It’s musical chairs at CNN, where chairman and chief executive officer Walter Isaacson has set in motion a number of exec changes, including the promotion of Sid Bedingfield to the newly created position of executive editor of the CNN News Group.
Teya Ryan, formerly exec VP and general manager of CNN Headline News, will replace Bedingfield at the helm of CNN’s flagship network in the post of executive VP and general manager of CNN/U.S. Rolando H. Santos, prexy of CNN en Espanol, will take Ryan’s post at Headline News. Santos’ deputy Chris Crommett, will succeed him as general manager of CNN en Espanol.
As chief editorial director of the CNN News Group, Bedingfield will become Isaacson’s chief editorial deputy across the CNN nets. He’ll coordinate newsgathering among CNN’s various nets and programs.
“With his well-known journalistic instincts, Sid will work with Eason Jordan (chief news executive for the CNN News Group) and the various network heads to make sure that our great reporting gets on the air quickly and in context, and to make sure that our networks and programs have the type of stories they need to excel,” said Isaacson in a memo to CNN staffers.
During his two-year tenure at CNN/U.S., Bedingfield helped orchestrate the net’s revamped lineup, including the launch of “American Morning With Paula Zahn” and “NewsNight With Aaron Brown,” as well as the upcoming primetime newshour anchored by Connie Chung and the return of Lou Dobbs to “Moneyline.”
Tweaks, not overhauls
While at CNN Headline News, Ryan oversaw the net’s relaunch in August. Ryan said that she doesn’t envision any radical changes at CNN. “You won’t see a multi-element screen at any time soon,” said Ryan. “We’ll tweak things here and there, but Sid and Walter have done an extraordinary job of setting the stage.”
Santos, who has been with CNN since 1993, said he doesn’t foresee any sweeping changes at Headline News. “The foundation has been laid. Moving forward, I’d like to see the network become more relevant. It’s up to the audience to tell us what that means,” he said.
In the four years since CNN en Espanol launched, it has become the most-watched cable news net in Latin America.