NBC Universal Chairman Jeff Zucker to Step Down When Comcast Deal Closes

by Anne Thompson
September 24, 2010 3:23 AM
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It's official. In a staff memo, NBC Universal chairman Jeff Zucker, 45, announces that he will leave his post when the Comcast takeover of NBC Universal is complete, probably by year's end, reports the NYT. The writing had been on the wall for some time. Zucker admitted that Comcast wants to bring in their own management team. NBC is the only place Zucker has ever worked, for 24 1/2 years. He tells the NYT he's a producer at heart; his happiest time was producing The Today Show. And yes, Zucker is interested in politics.

His exit plan was finalized after he met with Comcast COO Steve Burke last week:

“We had both gotten to the same place. He made it clear that they wanted to move on at the close of the deal and I was completely comfortable with that.”

Meanwhile, still running the Universal studio is ultimate survivor Ron Meyer, the wily ex-CAA agency chief and steely ex-marine, who has successfully run Universal Pictures as president and COO through three owners over 15 years, the longest-serving studio chief in Hollywood today.

Here's Time's instant analysis.

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