CNN President Jeff Zucker is taking a leave from his duties at the network to have heart surgery. CNN’s Brian Stelter announced the news this morning on Twitter.
Zucker is taking six weeks of leave. Stelter described the procedure as “elective surgery to address a heart condition he has had for 10 years.” You can see Stelter’s tweet below.
Deadline cites an informed source saying Michael Bass, CNN’s executive VP of programming, will oversee CNN’s editorial while Zucker is out.
“The two men have a long relationship, Bass having previously served as co-EP of Katie Couric’s syndicated ‘Katie’ in 2012-13, and SVP of strategic initiatives at NBCUniversal from 2008-2012,” Deadline notes.
The report adds: “In fall of 2010, Zucker was diagnosed with a heart condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition in which abnormal thickness in the heart muscle restricts blood flow. Zucker was told he needed surgery to implant a defibrillator to treat the condition, Gabe Sherman described in an extensive interview with Zucker for New York Magazine.”