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HLN searching for new chief executive following Albie Hecht's departure

NEW YORK — Albie Hecht has quit as chief executive of the HLN network, leaving the CNN offshoot in search of a new boss.

Hecht, a former executive at Spike and Nickelodeon, joined the former Headline News two years ago to guide the network in the direction of being a social media hub.

That hasn't really worked, and CNN U.S. President Jeff Zucker said in a memo to staff Tuesday that he wants more of the non-fiction programming being created for CNN to appear on HLN during daytime and overnight hours.

"In light of that, Albie Hecht has decided it makes sense for him to move on," Zucker wrote. Veteran CNN executive Ken Jautz will be the interim chief at HLN.

No changes appear planned for the network's most recognizable on-air personalities, Robin Meade, Nancy Grace and Drew Pinsky.

The Associated Press

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