CNN has tapped Jeff Zucker as its new leader.
Zucker, the former chief executive of NBCUniversal, will succeed Jim Walton as president of CNN Worldwide. Walton announced in July he would leave at the end of this year and Zucker will take over starting in January.
A former producer of NBC's highly successful morning news program "Today," Zucker was the front runner to succeed Walton as head of the cable news channel. He will report to Phil Kent, the president of Turner Broadcasting, the Time Warner unit that houses CNN.
"Jeff’s experience as a news executive is unmatched for its breadth and success," said Kent in a prepared statement. "He built and sustained the No. 1 brand in morning news, and under his watch NBC’s signature news programming set a standard for quality and professionalism."