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November 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Rumors that former NBC chief Jeff Zucker will become the new leader of CNN Worldwide reached a crescendo on Tuesday after the New York Times quoted several news executives close to Zucker as saying that his appointment by the cable news network is already a done deal and that an official announcement will be coming soon. One of the newspaper’s sources told it: “They want someone who has programming and management and cable expertise; someone who can be credible to the staff and to the business community. … They know that this is a pretty tall order.” Commented the Times: “Mr. Zucker could check off all those boxes.” The New York Post said later that it had also learned that a deal with Zucker has already been reached. “It’s been Jeff all along,” one source told the Post. “It was not a good fit at NBCUniversal, and he made some enemies, but this is a chance for him to refresh. It’s really good for him.” Currently Zucker is producing Katie Couric’s daytime talk show but his contract runs only to the end of the year, less than five weeks away. (He is also an owner of the show and will no doubt be required to sell off his stake as a condition of his deal with CNN.)