Another article confirming that Jeff Zucker is really leaving NBC.
So go already....
NBC Universal Chief Jeff Zucker resigns September 24, 2010 | 9:10 am
NBC Universal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker said Friday that he would be stepping down as soon as the merger between Comcast and NBC Universal was completed, which is expected later this year.
Zucker made the announcement to his staff in New York on Friday morning, and it was first reported by the New York Times. The move was not entirely unexpected because Comcast, which will own the majority stake of the combined entity, has made it clear that Comcast Chief Operating Officer Steve Burke would be in charge of NBC Universal. The timing of the announcement, however, was sooner than most people had figured.
Behind the scenes for the last few weeks, Zucker and his bosses at General Electric Co., which currently owns NBC Universal, have been tussling over when Burke would unveil his plans for a new organizational structure -- which presumably would not include Zucker.
Zucker, who rose to prominence as the youngest-ever executive producer of the "Today" show and spent four years running the company's entertainment operation in Burbank, took over the entire company in 2007.
It was a tumultuous reign. Although Zucker energized the company, moved NBC Universal into the digital age and was a key architect of the online video website Hulu, he badly misfired by hiring an inexperienced independent TV producer, Ben Silverman, to be in charge of programming for the NBC network.
His risky and well-publicized move to shift "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno to a 10 p.m. program severely damaged NBC's prime-time schedule and seriously affected the finances of NBC affiliate TV stations, which rely on the late local news for much of their revenue.
Earlier this year, Zucker's plan to move Leno back to late night infuriated Conan O'Brien, who had been given the "Tonight Show," and led to a protracted separation that played out like a soap opera on late-night TV.
ITA on Zucker leaving. Hulu probably was his best accomplishment, and it sucks. The commercials, the waits, the disapearing content. It's like they saw youtube and instead of realizing how much people relish having control of how and when they get their entertainment, they thought, "How can we take all that control back and make watching NBC online just like watching it live?"
While I hate Comcast for a lot of reasons, I agree that this should be a good thing for the programming on NBC. I've always thought the Neilsons were overrated for deciding what shows are hit and miss. I think Comcast has probably had definitive proof on this for some time. The on demand feature alone is a treasure trove of viewer habits and interests, not to mention the dvr.