All eyes will be on NBC Universal chief executive Jeff Zucker, whose future with the company “will be cemented” when the Comcast-NBCU deal is announced, most likely on Thursday, the New York Times reports.
Zucker will get a new long-term contract, sources told the Times, and report to Comcast’s chief executive, Steve Burke.
Zucker’s many critics in the industry don’t understand, the Times said. The paper noted that although NBCU’s cable properties have become powerhouses under Zucker’s leadership, many critics want to focus on the move of Jay Leno to NBC’s primetime. NBC is set to lose $600 million a year, one source said.