NBC Universal chief Jeff Zucker has given a wide-ranging interview to the Wall St. Journal, in which he admits poor management has been partly responsble for NBC’s primetime woes. "I think we didn’t have the right management team in place, and we hadn’t allocated enough resources to the team," Zucker said.
Regarding his own future with the NBC Universal after the COmcast deal closes he said that while " ‘nobody is entitled to any job,’ he is looking forward to being CEO of NBC Uni ‘for quite some time,’ even though there have been recurring rumblings that he may get replaced after the deal closes.
The article also has Zucker "Discussing the broadcast business…[and saying] his company has been pouring more money into it again thanks to retransmission fees that cable and satellite TV operators have started paying broadcasters. ‘That will help change the economics of broadcasting,’ he said.
"But he also emphasized that many programs only get to have one run on a broadcast network in the digital age, which has made it tougher to make content investments pay off. "’e have to figure out how we are going to pay for this quality content,’ Zucker told the Journal. ‘I do not think that it is a foregone conclusion that content should be free on the Internet.’ "