Jeff Zucker Will Stay at CNN Through 2021, But Then ‘I Expect to Move On’

By Christine Zosche 

To go out on top or not to go out on top? That is the question CNN Worldwide president and WarnerMedia News and Sports chairman Jeff Zucker has been asking himself in recent months. It appears he has answered that question. (TVNewser)

Zucker said Thursday that he expected to step down from his job running CNN at the end of the year. Zucker, 55, took over CNN in 2013. He revived its ratings by turning single stories—large or small—into national and international dramas. (NYT)

Zucker signaled internally in recent months that he wasn’t sure he would stay through his current contract. He was unhappy about how his boss, WarnerMedia chief executive Jason Kilar, had surprised him with a reorganization of the company’s executive ranks. (WSJ)

Zucker was said to be concerned about CNN being subjected to the cost-cutting that has occurred across the parent company. Zucker would not comment on whether he got any assurances that his unit would be spared, although colleagues said privately it is unlikely he would stick around to downsize the operation he spent the last eight years building up. (LA Times / Company Town)