Jeff Zucker was today named president of CNN Worldwide, where he will lead the multi-platform global news juggernaut beginning in January. One of the biggest names in news—and television—Zucker spent 25 years with NBC, beginning as a researcher for coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympics, and rose to be president and CEO of NBC Universal. He was named executive producer of Today in 1992, and under his eight-year leadership, the program was the most-watched morning news show and the most profitable program 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.
"Jeff's experience as a news executive is unmatched for its breadth and success," said Phil Kent, Chairman and CEO of Turner Broadcasting, which includes CNN among its leading network brands. "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."
"I am thrilled to join the distinguished team of journalists across the worldwide platforms of CNN," said Zucker. "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."
Time Warner Chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes added: "Phil and I are delighted that Jeff Zucker will lead CNN and we are excited by the clear vision, strong leadership and deep experience he will bring to the role. We look forward to working with Jeff to expand CNN's power and influence as a global news and information source, multi-platform innovator and journalistic standard-bearer."