Bye-Bye Bob Wright, Hello Jeff Zucker

Long-Awaited Promotion of NBC President Expected This Week

By Published on .

NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- Jeff Zucker is expected to be named the new CEO of NBC Universal tomorrow after months of speculation, according to reports over the weekend in the Los Angeles Times and publications that described General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt's desire to have one of his own recruits in the top spot. Mr. Zucker, 41, would replace Bob Wright, 63, who has held the title for 21 years.
In his current role as NBC Universal president, Jeff Zucker has seen his network go from high to low to slowly rebound.
In his current role as NBC Universal president, Jeff Zucker has seen his network go from high to low to slowly rebound. Credit: NBC

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.
In this article:
Most Popular