Jeff Zucker


CNN names Jeff Zucker its new president

CNN | The New York Times | TV Newser
CNN named former NBCUniversal CEO Jeffrey Zucker its new president Thursday.

Zucker continues, “The global reach and scale of the CNN brand is unparalleled in all of news. Outside of my family and the Miami Dolphins, there is nothing I am as passionate about as journalism.” Read more


Reports: Jeff Zucker to head CNN

The New York Times | Los Angeles Times | Variety
CNN and Jeff Zucker are close to an agreement that would place the former NBCUniversal chief executive in charge of the news channel, Brian Stelter reports. Time Warner CEO Jeffrey L. Bewkes and Turner Broadcasting CEO Phil Kent “want someone who has programming and management and cable expertise; someone who can be credible to the staff and to the business community,” one source told Stelter.

Mr. Zucker could check off all those boxes. As a young NBC News producer, he helped start what became a 16-year winning streak for the “Today” show. He had mixed results as he moved up the rungs of NBC, but he can point to cable programming successes even as the NBC broadcast network struggled.

Read more
1 Comment

Zucker: No secret meeting about MSNBC leaning left
“We didn’t have a secret meeting where we said, ‘maybe we should just go left,’” former NBC Universal chief Jeff Zucker said at Saturday’s annual alumni luncheon of the Harvard Crimson. “People started watching Keith Olbermann,” and programmers planned the rest of the schedule to “flow” with his show. Ira Stoll has more Zucker comments:

Zucker said GE chief executive Jeffrey Immelt was a “very supportive” boss. “GE never interfered with the coverage ever. You end up overcovering them because you don’t want to be accused of not covering them.”

Regarding NBC prime-time lineup: “It was 5% of our bottom line, but it was 105% of our perception. I put two people into those [prime-time programming] jobs, and they both failed. I screwed that one up twice.”

About Jon Stewart‘s claim that CNBC contributed to the economic crisis.

Read more