CNN chief Jeff Zucker is poised to assume oversight of Turner Sports, as part of a restructuring pending the AT&T-Time Warner merger, according to reports.
A Wall Street Journal‘s report detailing next moves in AT&T’s $81 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc. comes as Turner president David Levy, who oversaw Turner Sports, announcing his departure on Friday after 33 years.
Zucker taking over Turner Sports — which has broadcasting contracts with the MLB, NBA, PGA, NCAA and other leagues — will vastly expand the his role overseeing Turner’s live programming. The CNN head has some experience in the field: during his time as president of NBCUniversal, he supervised NBC Sports.
A CNN spokesperson declined to comment.
“I have decided the time is right to leave my role,” Levy wrote in an internal memo announcing his departure Friday, per a CNN report. “I am ready for a professional change.”
As AT&T reportedly prepares to integrate Turner with fellow-Time Warner property HBO, the streaming company’s CEO also announced his departure on Thursday.
HBO CEO Richard Plepler did not give a reason for his departure in his own internal memo, per CNN, writing of his exit: “it is the right time for me to do so.”
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