Zucker Closer To Heading CNN

Jeff Zucker, former chief executive of NBCUniversal, could be nearing a deal to head CNN, according to a number of reports.

CNN has had its ratings troubles over the last few years -- but rebounded somewhat during the presidential election. Outgoing CNN Worldwide President Jim Walton cited the cable news network need for "new thinking" when he announced his departure in July.

Zucker has a strong resume of senior executive TV news positions. Early in his career, in the 1980s, he was the executive producer of NBC's iconic morning series "Today." Later, he served as president of NBC Entertainment, News and Cable Group. He assumed the top rung of the company as president/CEO of NBCUniversal in 2007, replacing Bob Wright.

Zucker departed NBCUniversal soon after Comcast Corp. took over majority ownership of the company from General Electric in January 2011.

He is currently executive producer of the Disney-ABC Domestic Television syndication daytime talk show "Katie," hosted by Katie Couric. Couric worked with Zucker on the "Today" show.

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