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CNN’s Zucker reveals exit plans

President of CNN Jeff Zucker says he plans to leave the WarnerMedia-owned cable news giant at the end of 2021.

Jeff Zucker

Speculation had been rife that Zucker would step down following the end of Donald Trump’s presidency.

However, the Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday that he had told staff he now intended to stick around through the rest of 2021 and leave in a year’s time instead. This was later confirmed by CNN.

“The truth is, back in November and December I had basically decided that it was time to move on now,” Zucker said on the company’s daily editorial call. “But since then I’ve had a change of heart. And I want to stay. Not forever but for another year. And I feel really good about this decision.”

Zucker also oversees WarnerMedia’s sports assets as the chairman of WarnerMedia News and Sports.

The former NBC exec arrived at CNN in 2013 at a time when the channel was said to be under existential threat from declining viewing figures and increased competition. It has been revitalised under Zucker as a fact-checker of Trump’s presidency.

Zucker has maintained his position through AT&T’s takeover of parent company WarnerMedia and more recent sweeping exec changes under WarnerMedia’s new CEO Jason Kilar.


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