Vanity Fair released a report claiming that CNN boss Jeff Zucker has signed an extension through the 2020 election.
With AT&Tâ€™s acquisition of Time Warner now poised to close in a matter of days, itâ€™s come time for the anticipated parlor games regarding who from the latter institution will be sticking around under the new regime. As IÂ reportedÂ yesterday, a number of departures are expected within Time Warnerâ€™s C-suite, and other personnel shuffles are likely to occur at the companyâ€™s operating divisions, such as CNN parent Turner Broadcasting. In some cases, sources told me, the details are still being worked out. But a day after a federal judge gave the green light for the deal to move forward, I can now confirm the name of at least one high-profile Time Warner figure who isnâ€™t going anywhere: CNN bossÂ Jeff Zucker.
Iâ€™ve learned that the veteran broadcast executive, who has served as president of Time Warnerâ€™s cable news channel since 2013, signed a new deal several months ago that will keep him at CNN through the 2020 election. CNNâ€™s wall-to-wall coverage ofÂ Donald Trumpâ€™sÂ presidential campaign juiced ratings, and the networkâ€™s adversarial coverage of the Trump presidency has infuriated the president, with Trump and his cronies frequently attacking Zuckerâ€™s army of journalists. (As my colleagueÂ Gabriel ShermanÂ reportedÂ yesterday, Trump recently groused, â€œI made Jeff Zucker.â€ He also complained thatÂ Chris CuomoÂ received his own prime-time show.)