CNN announced on Thursday that Jeff Zucker, the former NBCUniversal chief executive, will become the network's next president. Zucker will take his post in January 2013.
Turner Broadcasting System CEO Phil Kent said in a release:
“Jeff’s experience as a news executive is unmatched for its breadth and success. 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.”
And Zucker commented on his new role in the same release:
“I am thrilled to join the distinguished team of journalists across the worldwide platforms of CNN.“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. I spent the most rewarding years of my career as a journalist, and it’s where I look forward to spending many more. I am grateful to Phil Kent for this opportunity, and I’m excited to return to daily newsgathering and compelling storytelling in a place that values those above all else.”