Tribune, the troubled media company that has been in Chapter 11 for more than three years, is considering Jeff Zucker as one of its top candidates to fill the company’s CEO slot, reports our good friend Claire Atkinson at the New York Post.
Tribune is looking for an executive with television experience, as the company owns 23 television stations in addition to its newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times. Zucker, who first worked at NBC in 1986, eventually became the top executive at NBCUniversal. He left NBCUniversal after Comcast bought and took control of the company in 2010. Since last year he’s been the executive producer of the upcoming daytime talk show hosted by Katie Couric.
Zucker didn’t return a call seeking comment, the Post notes. It’s not known whether he would be interested in the Tribune job.
Another candidate under consideration as CEO of Tribune, according to the story, is Mark Shapiro, the chief executive of Dick Clark Productions. He’s from Chicago, where Tribune is based, and also serves on its board. Shapiro also didn’t return a call seeking comment, the Post reported.