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CNN Makes Editorial Changes Involving Several Executives

Mike McCarthy’s appointment as General Manager, CNN International among many company promotions

CNN International on Monday shared several promotions and moves across its TV and digital newsgathering and editorial teams.

Mike McCarthy is now senior vice president and general manager of CNN International. In addition to overseeing all programming at CNNI from the network’s headquarters in Atlanta, McCarthy will lead compliance and regulatory issues.

Ellana Lee becomes senior vice president and managing editor of CNN International, where she will take on international oversight of the network’s feature programs while continuing to manage CNN’s editorial operation across Asia Pacific.

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Deborah Rayner will move from her role heading up Europe, Middle East and Africa newsgathering in London to become senior vice president of international newsgathering, TV and Digital, in Atlanta.

She and Lee will report to Tony Maddox, executive vice president and managing editor of CNN International.

Tommy Evans has been promoted to vice president and London bureau chief. In this role, he’ll oversee all newsgathering for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and will continue to report to Rayner.

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“These changes tighten our senior management structure, but more importantly they bring the strengths of these exceptional editorial operators to bear on the key parts of the CNN International network,” said Maddox. “This new structure will help us to continue delivering the outstanding editorial output across all platforms that has seen us serve audiences worldwide with award-winning newsgathering and programming.”

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The following promotions also will take place for CNNI staffers across London, Atlanta and New York: Gill Penlington is named director of London Programming; Ryan Cooper becomes director of Atlanta Programming; and Penny Manis is promoted to director of Business Programming based in New York.

All three will report to Meara Erdozain, vice president of programming for CNN lnternational.