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October 17, 2012 | By Joe Flint
Hardly a day goes by without speculation that former NBCUniversal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker is the leading candidate to succeed Jim Walton as president of Time Warner's CNN Worldwide when he resigns at year end. The case for Zucker is easy to make. Before he became a media bigwig, he was a top news executive who knew how to balance good journalism with strong ratings. His run as executive producer of NBC's morning program "Today" was incredibly successful and his news experience isn't limited to the AM hours.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2014
CNN and boss Jeff Zucker are having a lousy February. Results from Nielsen show that the viewer-bereft cable news network just suffered through one of its worst months ever, with Erin Burnett's "OutFront" program sinking to the lowest numbers CNN has recorded at 7 p.m. in 22 years. Barely 300,000 total viewers tuned in for Burnett's show. Between 8 and 11 p.m. - prime time - CNN averaged just 399,000 total viewers - a 39% plunge compared with the same month last year, when Zucker had just started the job. Since 1991, CNN has performed worse only twice before (in April 2012 and last November)
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October 30, 1985 | DOUG SMITH
While blue and red neon beer labels flashed in the bar next door, casting their muffled colors through the curtained window of the banquet room at the Best Western Motel in Valencia, a small group watched a portable television set that glowed in the darkness. On the screen, an emaciated young woman named Lara was telling a story about eating.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before deciding if I should get a vanity plate. The Skinny: Just got my car registration renewal notice. Maybe I should get a vanity plate that says "MorningFix. " That way my groupies (I know you're out there) will have an easier time finding me. I'll be back in Pasadena today at the TV press tour to hear what CNN chief Jeff Zucker has to say but when I have any downtime I'm going to go back to reading about the Gov. Chris Christie scandal. I can't get enough it!
SPORTS
March 13, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Ducks right wing Corey Perry on Wednesday was suspended four games without pay by the NHL's Department of Player Safety as punishment for a hit that injured Minnesota forward Jason Zucker Tuesday night in St. Paul, Minn. Perry will lose $115,135.12, which will go to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund. He previously was suspended by the NHL four years ago, so he is not considered a repeat offender within the prescribed 18-month period. Had he been judged a repeat offender, the suspension would have been longer.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2010
Back in the saddle After turmoil that included public squabbling, threats of a lineup change and a rehab stint, Aerosmith is back and ready to rock. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers announced plans for their Cocked, Locked and Ready to Rock European summer tour Thursday -- with Steven Tyler. Aerosmith, which has been one of rock's enduring bands over the last three decades, has been in limbo since Tyler fell off a stage during an August concert in South Dakota, injuring himself and forcing the band to cancel the rest of its summer tour.
OPINION
January 12, 2010
The Leno watch Re "Leno is in talks to return to late night," Jan. 8 The sooner NBC gets Jay Leno back on at 11:30 p.m., the sooner I will watch it again. Fred Sconfienza Scottsdale, Ariz. I would like it known that I am available to take over the late-night 11:30 slot. My terms are as follows: Salary of $100,000 annually. Consider the savings, NBC Chief Executive Jeff Zucker. Clothing allowance of $1,000. This would be twice my current yearly outlay.
OPINION
December 19, 2008 | JOEL STEIN
I have never been so upset by a poll in my life. Only 22% of Americans now believe "the movie and television industries are pretty much run by Jews," down from nearly 50% in 1964. The Anti-Defamation League, which released the poll results last month, sees in these numbers a victory against stereotyping. Actually, it just shows how dumb America has gotten. Jews totally run Hollywood. How deeply Jewish is Hollywood?
NEWS
May 12, 2005 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
NBC Universal Television Group President Jeff Zucker said Wednesday that he will not attempt to gloss over the network's prime-time woes when he addresses advertising buyers during next week's presentation of fall programming. "I will acknowledge up top the reality of the situation," Zucker told reporters at a breakfast at Rockefeller Plaza that marked the one-year anniversary of the NBC-Universal merger. "We're not going to run from that. We're not going to hide from that.
BUSINESS
May 23, 2002 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
General Electric Co.'s NBC expanded the role of Entertainment President Jeff Zucker, who has improved the network's ratings since taking over programming in December 2000. NBC announced Wednesday that Zucker would take on responsibilities over syndication and studio production now handled by West Coast President Scott Sassa. Sassa's new role has yet to be determined, but NBC executives said he will be working on strategic initiatives.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2013 | By Scott Collins
When he was tapped to run CNN a year ago, Jeff Zucker was supposed to help lift ratings at the 24-hour cable news network. Whoops. CNN last week plunged to its worst numbers since August 2012, months before Zucker, a former NBC boss, was brought aboard to right the ship. How bad was it? CNN last week was a distant No. 3 (385,000) in prime time behind MSNBC (683,000) and Fox News (2.4 million). On the set: movies and TV But here's the worst part: CNN's total audience barely beat Fox News' viewership just in the demographic of viewers aged 25 to 54 (377,000)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 2013 | By Joe Flint
CNN News President Jeff Zucker is putting a priority on the cable network's new morning show, “New Day,” which launches June 17.  “It's really important that we have a very strong and good morning show,” Zucker said at a New York press conference Friday with the anchors and producers of “New Day.” Chris Cuomo and Kate Bolduan will host the three-hour (6-9 a.m. ET) show. Michaela Pereira, currently of KTLA-TV Los Angeles, will be the news anchor. Zucker, who cut his teeth as producer of NBC's “Today,” said the CNN show will steer clear of the cooking segments, concerts and other softer fare that are a hallmark of most morning shows.
SPORTS
March 13, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Ducks right wing Corey Perry on Wednesday was suspended four games without pay by the NHL's Department of Player Safety as punishment for a hit that injured Minnesota forward Jason Zucker Tuesday night in St. Paul, Minn. Perry will lose $115,135.12, which will go to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund. He previously was suspended by the NHL four years ago, so he is not considered a repeat offender within the prescribed 18-month period. Had he been judged a repeat offender, the suspension would have been longer.
BUSINESS
November 30, 2012 | Joe Flint
CNN and Jeff Zucker are betting on each other to revitalize their tarnished brands. The cable news network, which has struggled to keep pace with rivals Fox News and MSNBC, has tapped Zucker, a onetime wunderkind news producer who later stumbled as chief executive of NBCUniversal, to be president of its worldwide operations. In his new role, Zucker, 47, will oversee a sprawling news operation with 4,000 employees and channels around the globe that is expected to generate a record $600 million in profit this year for Turner Broadcasting, the Time Warner Inc. unit that houses CNN. For all of CNN's financial success and international prowess, CNN's performance in the United States has been lackluster and its former dominance as a news channel has been ceded to its competitors.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 2012 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before finding some zebras and building an ark! The Skinny: I know I said yesterday I like the rain but I don't like guests that overstay their welcome. Time for some sun. Friday's headlines include a preview of the weekend box office, a profile of CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves and a review of "Killing Them Softly. " Daily Dose: Although Federal Communications Commission rules prohibit a company from running more than two TV stations in an individual market, Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group has found a way around that.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2012 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before buying a new umbrella. The Skinny: When it is rainy like this I really just want to sit at home and listen to the drops hitting the ground and have hot soup. Instead I'm here for you! Thursday's headlines include stories about Jeff Zucker's new gig at CNN and a movie theater you can eat dinner at. Daily Dose: Jeff Zucker's taking over at CNN (see below) will have some folks wondering whether the cable news channel will eventually relocate to New York.
BUSINESS
September 24, 2010 | Bloomberg News
NBC Universal Chief Executive Jeffrey Zucker will step down once Comcast Corp. completes its takeover of the company, giving the new owners a chance to reshape management. Zucker, 45, told employees today of his decision to leave the company where he has spent his entire working career. Parent General Electric Co. also announced the decision in an internal memo.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2012 | By Joe Flint
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Now that Jeff Zucker's new gig as CNN Worldwide President is official, the question mark now looms over how his exit as executive producer and show runner of Katie Couric's daytime talker will affect the show. Couric's former "Today" boss had been at the wheel of the show since its start -- with his right-hands, co-executive producers Michael Bass and Kathy Samuels. With Zucker's exit nearing, Couric and the folks behind the show, distributor Disney-ABC Domestic Television, have been thumbing through potential successors.
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