CNN President Jeff Zucker to step down at year's end

CNN President Jeff Zucker to step down at year's end

CNN President Jeff Zucker will leave the cable news network at the end of 2021, CNN said on Thursday.

“The truth is, back in November and December, I had basically decided that it was time to move on now,” Zucker told employees on a morning call on Thursday. “But since then, I’ve had a change of heart. And I want to stay. Not forever, but for another year.”

Zucker, who joined CNN in 2013, has a storied reputation in the TV business marked by early success. He was the executive producer of NBC’s “Today” show in his 20s, then became the president of NBC Entertainment.

CNN, part of AT&T Inc’s WarnerMedia division, has seen an uptick in ratings as the United States enters a new political era. It delivered record ratings in January as the top cable news network that month, with a 153% increase in total viewers from the same period a year ago.

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