Former NBCUniversal chief executive Jeff Zucker will be named the next president of CNN, according to new report from The New York Times. This comes about a month and a half after Mediaite reported that the “chattering classes” in the media elite believed Zucker would get the coveted job.
CNN has been searching for a new president for roughly four months to replace outgoing president Jim Walton. While many names have come and gone, Zucker’s has remained near the top since day one. In addition to a number of executives close to Zucker confirming the news, someone close to the selection process provided the following comment to the Times.
“They want someone who has programming and management and cable expertise; someone who can be credible to the staff and to the business community. They know that this is a pretty tall order.”
Zucker who worked at NBC for 25 years, and left NBC shortly after it was acquired by Comcast in 2010 fits that bill. Mediaite’s Andrew Kirell recently made the case that giving Zucker the top job at CNN would be a smart move.
You can read the full report from the New York Times here.
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