Jeff Zucker will become the president of CNN Worldwide, starting in January. Zucker will be responsible for helping increase the ratings. CNN’s ratings have not been doing so hot, but they still reach over 2 billion people across 200 countries. Zucker will report to Turner Broadcasting CEO Phil Kent and he will be based in New York.
Currently Zucker is the executive producer of the daytime TV show “Katie.” He was the CEO of NBCUniversal up until Comcast completed the acquisition of the company. Zucker failed turn around NBC, but he did have many notable achievements during his 25 years in the TV industry.
“Jeff’s experience as a news executive is unmatched for its breadth and success,” stated Kent. “He built and sustained the number-one brand in morning news, and under his watch NBC’s signature news programming set a standard for quality and professionalism. As a programmer, a brand-builder and a leader, he will bring energy and new thinking to CNN. I couldn’t be happier to welcome him or more excited about what he’ll accomplish here.”
Zucker was a researcher for NBC Sports during the 1988 Summer Olympic Games. He became the executive product of the Today show in 1992. He then worked on “NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw” after that.