Jeff Zucker Succeeds Jim Walton As President Of CNN Worldwide

CNN has announced that veteran news producer and former NBC Universal chief Jeff Zucker will become the president of the company’s worldwide operations in January.

Zucker will be succeeding Jim Walton, who held the position since 2003.

“Jeff’s experience as a news executive is unmatched for its breadth and success,” said Phil Kent, chairman and CEO of Turner Broadcasting System, CNN’s parent company. “In a career that has seen significant professional success in both broadcast and cable, Jeff has demonstrated his ability to run multiple lines of business and fiercely defend journalists and journalism.”

As president, Zucker’s portfolio will include 23 branded news and information businesses, including CNN’s U.S. television network, CNN International, HLN and CNN Digital.

“I am thrilled to join the distinguished team of journalists across the worldwide platforms of CNN,” Zucker said in a statement. “The global reach and scale of the CNN brand is unparalleled in all of news. Outside of my family and the Miami Dolphins, there is nothing I am as passionate about as journalism.”