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CNN taps Bondy, shuffles exex

Cable news to establish new program development operation

CNN is restructuring its management team to fill the void left by the departure of veteran exec Gail Evans, who retired last week.

Kim Bondy, executive producer of NBC News’ “Weekend Today,” has been hired as VP and senior exec producer. Bondy will take a hands-on role in overseeing daily newsroom operations and news coverage so that senior VP Sue Bunda can take on responsibility for CNN’s talkshows, one of Evans’ former duties. Bondy will be based in Atlanta, reporting to Bunda.

As part of the reorganization, CNN will establish a new program development operation, headed by David Neuman, who will join the news net for the next several months as a consultant. Neuman previously held posts at Digital Entertainment Network, NBC Entertainment, Disney and Channel One. He’ll be responsible for fine-tuning current programs and developing new ones.

CNN senior VP Judy Milestone will continue to oversee the bookings department, reporting to exec VP and general manager Sid Bedingfield. Previously, Evans oversaw CNN’s guest bookings department, in addition to program and talent development.

Early exit

NBC let Bondy out of her contract so that she could start her new job with the cable news net July 9. Susan Dutcher, senior producer of “Weekend Today,” will serve as interim exec producer on the program until a replacement for Bondy can be found.

Since joining NBC News in 1996, Bondy has held various posts, including news director of “Today,” executive producer for “News at Sunrise” and broadcast producer of the weekend edition of “Nightly News.”

Previously, Bondy was the managing editor of NBC’s Philadelphia O&O WCAU-TV, where she created the station’s morning news programs.

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