of Editorial Standards and Practices
CNN News Group Chairman, President and CEO Tom Johnson has announced the newly created position of executive vice president of editorial standards and practices, and has named CNN Vice President Richard Davis to the post. In this position, Davis' responsibilities will include reviewing all long-form and investigative reports and other stories as he deems appropriate across the CNN News Group networks for journalistic accuracy and fairness. Davis presently oversees the network's Washington, D.C., weekend public affairs programs and Crossfire. Upon assuming his new duties, he will report to Johnson.
"Rick Davis' appointment reflects our commitment to strengthening our procedures for vetting the journalistic content of the CNN networks," said Johnson. "Rick is one of the most respected executives in television news, and in this new position, he is charged with enforcing the highest journalistic standards."
Johnson added, "We will continue with our existing processes of reviewing all major pieces for legal issues, and we also will continue to demand that program producers and news editors be fully responsible for all journalistic review. The addition of this editorial standards and practices position improves our organizational structure to give added assurance that our editorial content is accurate and fair."
Davis joined CNN in April 1980 as part of the network's original Atlanta launch team, serving as CNN's first executive producer for sports news. In 1987, he was named the first senior producer for Inside Politics, which launched that same year. In 1988, Davis was named executive producer of Crossfire, and since 1991, he also has been vice president and senior executive producer for all of CNN's Washington D.C., weekend public affairs programs, which include Late Edition; The Capital Gang; Both Sides with Jesse Jackson; Evans, Novak, Hunt and Shields; and the network's media criticism program Reliable Sources, which he helped launch in 1992.
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