Jeff Zucker NBC Exit – The CEO of NBC Universal, Jeff Zucker, recently announced that he will be leaving the company after they have been fully acquired by Comcast. Zucker said that the decision to leave was not his own choice, and hinted toward the fact that Comcast was looking to possibly bring one of their own guys in to do the job. He also went on to say that it “became increasingly clear that they wanted to put their own team in place, and I didn’t want to end up being a guest in my own house.”
With Zucker leaving the troubled network, it will be interesting to see who they bring in in his stead. The departure of Zucker has long been rumored since the acquisition was first announced, especially given the fact that the network has had troubles producing quality shows that garner high ratings.
Two issues have been at the forefront of his departure after 24 years with the company. He hired the controversial Ben Silverman to run the entertainment division, and then the late night incident involving Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien that captured the attention of the entire country for several weeks.
He joined the network as a sports researcher and worked his way all the way to the top of the food chain, but will be leaving his post here soon. He will likely have several other opportunities that are presented to him once he is gone, but he will be a voice of reason that will be sorely missed by much of the NBC family, despite how poorly the network has done in recent years.