E! Network Strategy and News President Cyndi McClellan to Exit
The 12-year veteran of the cable network announced her forthcoming departure on Monday
There are more changes ahead among the executive ranks at E!. Just a few weeks after the announcement that Suzanne Kolb would exit the NBCUniversal-owned cable network, president of network strategy and news Cyndi McClellan has announced her own departure.
McClellan told E! News staffers on Monday, and no successor is immediately in place.
“Cyndi has been an integral part of E!’s growth to become the No. 1 entertainment news brand for over 12 years, and she will be greatly missed for her talent, leadership and friendship," read a statement from the network. "Having led three different divisions throughout her tenure, Cyndi has touched all of us here with her consummate professionalism, creativity and strategic vision. Whatever she undertakes next, we’ll all be watching and cheering her on."
Her tenure at the network began in 2002 as the vice president of research, overseeing, among many things, the acquisition of off-net rights to Sex and the City. In her most recent role, she oversaw the news division and all news information programming. That included E! News, Live From E!, Beyond Candid With Giuliana Rancic, Untold With Maria Menounos, True Hollywood Story and many others.
McClellan began her TV career in research at 20th Century Fox TV. Her E! exit comes during a time of big changes for the network. In light of Kolb's departure, Bravo and Oxygen chief Frances Berwick assumes the reins at the entertainment network.