Jeff Zucker told employees on Thursday that he would remain in his supervisory role at CNN, ending speculation for now that he would quit, the network’s Brian Stelter reported.
“The truth is, back in November and December, I had basically decided it was time to move on now,” Zucker said on a daily editorial call. “But since then, I’ve changed my mind. And I want to stay. Not forever, but for another year. And I feel really good about this decision.
While there has been a lot of speculation that Zucker will quit after the election, in recent weeks employees have predicted Zucker will stay, as ratings for the network have improved, especially since the election. In January, the network beat rivals MSNBC and Fox News in prime time and total viewers.
A CNN spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment.
Zucker became director of CNN in 2013, and in 2019, after Time Warner’s merger with AT&T, he took on the new title of chairman of WarnerMedia News & Sports and chairman of CNN.