Wright still wants job
A 21-year tenure wasn't quite long enough, Mr. Wright feels, according to the L.A. Times this morning, which reports that he wanted to stay on longer. The timing of Mr. Zucker's elevation appears to be tied to a General Electric Co. board meeting slated for tomorrow.
NBC did not return calls for comment.
In his current role as NBC Universal president, Mr. Zucker has watched the once must-see network drop to fourth place in the post-"Friends" climate but has regained some of its clout this season thanks to hits such as "Heroes," "30 Rock" and "Deal or No Deal." He has also helped boost the network's digital presence with the purchase of iVillage. If named CEO, he would be nearly the same age as Mr. Wright when he was named to the post in 1986.
Rumors of Mr. Zucker's possible successors have included Bonnie Hammer, president, USA Network and Sci-Fi Channel; Jeff Gaspin, president, NBC Universal cable entertainment; Marianne Gambelli, exec VP, NBC Universal sales and marketing; and Bridget Baker, exec VP, NBC Universal Cable.