Matthew Hong will leave his role as chief operating officer at US broadcaster Turner Sports after 11 years at the company. The news comes three months after AT&T officially took control of Time Warner, a deal which saw its wide-ranging sports portfolio change hands, including Turner Sports.
There had been rumours of an executive shakeup at Turner Sports since the AT&T acquisition, but Hong and Turner Sports president Lenny Daniels made it clear that the decision had nothing to do with the takeover. Hong will reportedly depart in the coming weeks.
In a memo sent to employers, Hong said that he first put forward the idea of leaving a ‘few months ago’ and he will now ‘take a few months to recharge, both mentally and physically’.
In a separate memo regarding Hong’s departure, Daniels wrote: ‘He’s made considerable contributions toward the launch of B/R Live [Turner Sports’ OTT service] and ongoing enhancements to our suite of digital products and platforms’.
Following his departure, Hong’s four direct reports – Bleacher Report chief executive Howard Mittman, senior vice president programming and content Scooter Vertino, senior vice president business Val Immele and senior vice president digital Mark Johnson – will report to Daniels on an interim basis.
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