CNN President Jeff Zucker to step down at end of 2021


Jeff Zucker, the president of cable news network CNN, has announced he is stepping down from his role at the company at the end of the year.

Zucker revealed the news to employees on a Thursday morning call, reports CNN.

"The truth is, back in November and December I had basically decided that it was time to move on now," Zucker disclosed on the network’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’s nearly one-year notice gives the company a runway to strategize and maintain some stability, at least until the end of the year.

Zucker, who stepped in as president at CNN in 2013, is considered integral at the network, where he oversees both CNN, as well the sports platforms of parent company Warner Media and Sports, where he is chairman.

Zucker had previously hinted at the possibility of departing from the role after the presidential inauguration, per CNN.

"The industry is changing, our company is changing, so I have a lot to think about," Zucker said to staffers in late October.

The announcement comes amid shake-ups to important time slots at many of the major news outlets as they navigate new media landscapes during the Biden administration.

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