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Jeff Zucker to lead CNN
November 29th, 2012
12:56 PM ET

Jeff Zucker to lead CNN

This coming January will mark the start of a new year. It will also mark the start of a new tenure, under new leadership, at CNN Worldwide. On Thursday, the network announced that Jeff Zucker will join "The Worldwide Leader in News," assuming the role of president.

A news and television veteran with a quarter of a century of experience, Zucker comes to CNN after a lengthy tenure in multiple roles at NBC and, more recently, as executive producer of the syndicated daytime show "Katie."

"Jeff’s experience as a news executive is unmatched for its breadth and success,” said Phil Kent, chairman and CEO of CNN parent company Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

The move to CNN will signify a reunion of sorts with host Piers Morgan, who worked under the leadership of Zucker during his time as a judge on NBC's "America's Got Talent." On Monday, as rumors of Zucker's hire were trickling out in the press, the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host used the social media micro-blogging site Twitter to announce the news:

On joining CNN, the 47-year-old Florida-native described his latest career move as being nearly on par with that of his beloved NFL football team:

“The global reach and scale of the CNN brand is unparalleled in all of news. Outside of my family and the Miami Dolphins, there is nothing I am as passionate about as journalism. I spent the most rewarding years of my career as a journalist, and it’s where I look forward to spending many more."

As "Piers Morgan Tonight" moves into it's third year in January what are you expecting to see from the program? What do you want to see more of? What do you want to see less of?

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  1. Amy

    Lovely to see one more from the chosen group taking on the media. How many Jewish CEO are there in the media as of now? Well done.

    November 29, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Griff.

    "Suckers come and go, but you still need to deliver that what we want to hear: The Truth!!!"

    November 29, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ray

      You are right Griff but Truth and Justic is an empty word. It's call Propangader.

      November 29, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Griff.

    "When the News is Biased (which ever way) then so is the reaction!"

    November 29, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Friends of Rachel Corrie

    Wow! finally some one had guts to speak out. Stevie Wonder NOT to perform for Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.

    November 29, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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