CNN chief Chris Licht is absent from the global news network after a brief and tumultuous tenure

NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Licht is out after a year as CNN’s chief executive, following a series of missteps and plummeting ratings.

David Zaslav, CEO of CNN’s parent company, Warner Bros. Discovery, announced the management change during CNN’s morning editorial call on Wednesday.

Zaslav appointed a four-person management team to run the network on an interim basis.

Licht replaced Jeff Zucker as CNN’s chief executive last year, with a mandate to ensure the network moves the network more to the political center. But a public meeting with Donald Trump received widespread criticism and a revamp of the network’s morning show imploded with the firing of Don Lemon.

A lengthy Atlantic magazine profile of Licht on Friday proved embarrassing and likely sealed his fate. Just two days ago, Licht promised on the same morning editorial call to fight to regain the trust of CNN employees.

But internally, Licht couldn’t win the support of many network members who felt loyal to Zucker, who was kicked out following the revelation of an inappropriate relationship with a co-worker.

CNN’s ratings in May were dismal, with a prime-time audience less than half that of rival MSNBC, with Fox News Channel still leading among cable networks.

Zaslav named four current CNN executives – Amy Entelis, Virginia Moseley, Eric Sherling and David Leavy – to run the network while it searches for a replacement.

“We are in good hands, allowing us to take the time we need to conduct a thoughtful and thorough search for a new leader,” Zaslav said in a memo to CNN staff.

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