Friends tell me Jeff Zucker may drop his plan to depart at year’s end and instead remain head of CNN, as a result of the massive merger of AT&T‑Discovery media assets announced Monday morning.
Driving the news: I’m told that nothing has been decided. But absent this tectonic media shift, Zucker — who’s chairman, WarnerMedia News and Sports, and president of CNN Worldwide — was gone. Now, the door is open for him to stay.
Why it matters: Zucker is one of the world’s most experienced media executives, running a global machine with an unmatched reach and footprint. And CNN.com is the largest news-organization website.
Discovery CEO David Zaslav, who’s golfing/Hamptons buddies with Zucker, will run the new company, Axios is told.