CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker is taking a six-week leave from his post to undergo and recover from heart surgery.
The news was announced internally during a CNN news meeting, and then tweeted by the cable network’s senior news correspondent, Brian Stelter, who wrote: “Jeff Zucker just ended the CNN morning meeting with news of his own: He will be taking a six week leave for elective surgery to address a heart condition he has had for 10 years. He assured everyone he is going to be just fine. All of us are wishing him a very speedy recovery.”
As president of CNN Worldwide, he has executive oversight of a portfolio of 23 branded news and information businesses that includes CNN U.S., CNN International, CNN.com and HLN. Stepping into the role in 2013, Zucker broadened CNN’s offering beyond news, with increasing investment in original series such as Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown and documentary films.
“We have tried to introduce a new version of CNN which is beyond what we do incredibly well: news and breaking news,” he told delegates during his keynote interview at the 2014 Realscreen Summit.
Prior to joining CNN, Zucker spent 25 years with NBC Universal, serving as president of NBC Entertainment and then CEO of the NBC Universal Television Group, before rising to become CEO of the entire company in 2007.