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September 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Comcast and GE made it official today (Sunday): Once their merger is completed, Comcast COO Steve Burke will take over as CEO of NBC Universal. It had been widely assumed that Burke, who is generally regarded as the prime architect of the merger, would be named to the top post of the media conglomerate. The 52-year-old executive has had one leg in content and another in delivery virtually from birth — his father, Dan Burke, was CEO of Capital Cities/ABC, and Steve was already a veteran executive at Disney when it merged with the broadcast company in 1995. (He left to join Comcast after repeated clashes with Disney chief Michael Eisner.) In a statement formally announcing Burke’s appointment, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said, “Steve Burke is an experienced, talented and visionary leader with over 25 years in the media and entertainment industry. Steve is one of the most well-respected executives in the industry, and I am confident that he will lead NBC U forward to a new era of growth." The announcement comes just two days after Jeff Zucker, the current NBC Universal CEO, said that Burke had asked him to leave the company after the merger with Comcast is completed.