CNN chief Jeff Zucker plans to leave network at the end of 2021: Report

The president of the news network perhaps best known for being an enemy to former President Donald Trump has reportedly announced plans to call it quits at the end of this year.

According to sources cited by the New York Post, CNN chief Jeff Zucker said in a call with staffers that while the rumors that he’s immediately stepping down aren’t true, he is eyeing an exit when his contract expires at the end of 2021.

“The truth is, back in November and December I had basically decided that it was time to move on now,” Zucker said, according to reports.

“But since then I’ve had a change of heart,” he added. “And I want to stay. Not forever, but for another year. And I feel really good about this decision.”

“I love my job”

The talk of an early exit for Zucker came in part thanks to expectations that CNN would see lower ratings and reduced viewership with Trump out of the White House, not to mention potential staffing and structural changes coming to the network, led by parent company AT&T’s WarnerMedia, as the Post noted.

The Los Angeles Times was the first to report that Zucker would not be leaving CNN in the aftermath of the presidential transition, as had been suggested by some, but would instead stay at the network to fulfill his contractual obligations.

“I love my job, it’s really that simple,” Zucker told the Times in a phone interview.

According to the Times, it remains unclear what Zucker will do with his final year as head of both CNN and WarnerMedia’s Turner Sports division — but he’s apparently optimistic.

“CNN has a lot more confidence,” Zucker told the paper. “We used to get bullied. We are not bullied by anybody now,” he added unironically.

Another year

According to The Hill, Zucker has been running CNN since 2013. The Los Angeles Times reports that his decision to stick with the network through 2021 quashes speculation that he may run for mayor of New York City, a race that currently includes contenders like failed Democrat presidential hopeful Andrew Yang and Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams.

With that, Zucker’s future after his reported departure from CNN remains uncertain, reports note.

But what is clear is that even if Zucker is staying on, some big changes will be coming to CNN this year, as their favorite punching bag is now out of the Washington spotlight. How they move forward from here is anyone’s guess.

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  1. What ever will they do without President Trump to kick around? Loose viewership? Probably! Zucker should fold his tent and go home, he is a has been.

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  3. Zucker should be facing charges of Treason and receive life sentence in prison! He amongst the rest of the Silicon Valley Elites are attempting to eliminate the Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Press, including the freedom of Religion and the right to bear arms. Their Communistic thinking is destroying America as I know and love it. Everyone of these Elites should all face the same charges.

  4. I just don’t get it. I support the Freedom of the Press and all that but but it is a proven FACT that CNN, MSNBC, NYT for several years don’t tell the truth, promotes violence and NEVER reports the truth. WHERE IS THE FCC? WE THE PEOPLE depend on news for information, good or bad but we rely on truth and not “personal opinions and bias.”

  5. Lol, it is so funny that CNN at the beginning of some of their comedy hour it will say, “CNN, THE MOST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS” What a joke.

    1. Another ‘joke’ when he said CNN ‘used to be bullied but isn’t anymore’!! Is he implying that Pres Trump ‘bullied’ them? I guess being demanded to tell the ‘truth’ qualifies them as ‘being bullied’!! On the other hand, I heard from a reporter that they were brought to a ‘back room’ where a CEO told them ‘what’ they can say and what they ‘can’t say’!! What label would we put on ‘that’???

  6. From what I heard, even before the elections Zucker was being asked to resign because of the way he was running the news station, but they didn’t want to fire him because he is under contract until Nov. 2021.
    Danny Gold for Liberty Writers reports, Wait, has Hell seriously frozen over? I mean it must have if the CEO of Time Warner, who owns CNN, is willing to come out and declare that the Democrats are destroying our Democracy!! No, I am not even kidding. Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes told Business Insider’s Henry Blodget on Tuesday that the “real threat” to the First Amendment did not come from President-elect Donald Trump during the campaign, but rather from the Democratic Party.
    Time Warner owns CNN and they saw a video on Zucker and how he won’t cover anything unless it is ALL TRUMP negative stories. A tape that was done by Project Veritas

  7. CNN (Communist News Network) and all the other fake news media should be shut down and fined for violating the 1st Amendment. I’m sure our Founding Fathers weren’t anticipating the news media to print nothing but lies.

    1. They have, single handedly destroyed all confidence in our newscasters in this country!! No–it wasn’t Pres Trump who did that! It was ‘them’ and their ‘slanted’, bash-reporting!! “You can fool some of the people, some of the time but,——“

  8. Not soon enough! It is still the anti-American, “Communist News Network” – filled with nothing but lies and propaganda that would make China and Russia proud – still not going to watch or listen to those evil commies – it is all trash!

    1. I agree, Londa. My concern is for those people who have no alternative source for their news. My dearest friend is in a nursing home and that’s all they have. She says it’s terrible how the ‘news’ is depressing these poor residents. Shame on them!!


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