Jeff Zucker will join CNN Worldwide as President of the multi-platform global news enterprise. It was announced by Phil Kent, Chairman and CEO of CNN parent company Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. In January 2013, Zucker will assume executive oversight of a portfolio of 23 branded news and information businesses that includes CNN/US, CNN International, CNN.com and HLN and reaches more than 2 billion people in some 200 countries around the world. Zucker will report to Kent and will be based at CNN in New York.
“Jeff’s experience as a news executive is unmatched for its breadth and success,” said Kent. “He built and sustained the No. 1 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.”
Zucker started his 25-year career with NBC as a researcher for NBC Sports’ coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympic Games and rose to President and Chief Executive Officer of NBC Universal. He was named Executive Producer of ‘Today’ in January 1992; under his eight-year leadership, the programme was the most-watched morning news show and the most profitable programme on television. Zucker went on to executive-produce ‘NBC Nightly News’ with Tom Brokaw and the network’s coverage of the Persian Gulf War, the 1993 and 1997 presidential inaugurations and the 2000 elections. He was promoted to President of NBC Entertainment, President of the NBC Entertainment, News & Cable group and President and CEO of the NBC Universal Television Group. Currently, Zucker is Executive Producer of the syndicated daytime show ‘Katie’.