Media Scandals: Allison Gollust, CNN Chief Marketing Officer Resigns

CNN New Troubles after WarnerMedia Probe of Cuomo, Zucker

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Allison Gollust, the chief marketing officer at CNN, has resigned from the network after WarnerMedia investigation into “issues associated with Chris Cuomo and former Governor Andrew Cuomo,” according to a memo from Jason Kilar, the company’s CEO.

“Performed by a third-party law firm and led by a former federal judge, the investigation was comprehensive and definitive.  It was commissioned in September and concluded this weekend, which now allows me to share additional information with you,” Kilar said. ”Based on interviews of more than 40 individuals and a review of over 100,000 texts and emails, the investigation found violations of Company policies, including CNN’s News Standards and Practices, by Jeff Zucker, Allison Gollust, and Chris Cuomo.”     He added: “I realize this news is troubling, disappointing, and frankly, painful to read.  These are valid feelings many of you have.” A spokesperson who has been representing Gollust could not be reached for immediate comment.

Revelation of the details of the investigation comes just days after Zucker, formerly CNN’s president, resigned abruptly, citing an undisclosed relationship with Gollust, a longtime lieutenant who also worked with him at NBCUniversal.

It adds a new element to life inside CNN, where many top anchors and correspondents have come to Zucker’s defense, citing his support for them during a nine-year tenure that cast the network in a more aggressive light.