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CNNfn taps Ryan, ousts Bohrman

Shuffle is latest in wake of Dobbs exit

NEW YORK — In a major executive shakeup at CNN Financial News, Teya Ryan will replace David Bohrman as executive VP of the Turner business news cabler.

The move is the latest personnel change at CNNfn since the network’s former prexy, Lou Dobbs, quit earlier this summer to take the helm of the outer space Web site space.com.

Bohrman, who still has 1-1/2 years left on his three-year contact, “has been relieved of all of his responsibilities,” said Steve Korn, vice chairman and chief operating officer for the CNN News Group.

Bohrman has taken CNN to arbitration, arguing that the web breached his contract when it brought in Jeff Gralnick to create three new hours of business news for CNN.

“The decision to relieve David was a result of being unable to reach an agreement for him about the financial programming on CNN,” Korn said.

Ryan, a 10-year CNN programming and productions veteran, was formally executive producer for the weekly primetime magazine series “CNN & Fortune.”

In her new position, Ryan will oversee day-to-day programming, operations and production of CNNfn’s 18 hours of daily financial news.

Ryan will move from CNN’s Atlanta headquarters to CNNfn’s base of operations in New York City. She will report to Korn.

“Teya’s a terrific TV producer,” Korn said. “She’s knows a good story, and she knows how to tell a good story.”

In addition to Bohrman being stripped of his duties at CNNfn, three other execs are headed for the exit: Howard Polskin, VP in charge of program development; executive producer Eric Scholl; and senior supervising producer Jerry Kroneberg.

“Whatever has happened here is really quite an ordinary course of events following the departure of Lou Dobbs,” Korn said. “There’s often a bit of fallout when something like that happens.”

Korn said he is still searching for a president of CNNfn to replace Dobbs. Korn said that he is cautiously optimistic he will fill the slot by Labor Day.

Bohrman did not return a call seeking comment.

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