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Meet the New Boss: What's on Steve Burke's Mind as He Takes Over NBC U?

No surprise that Comcast COO Steve Burke would be taking the reins at NBC Universal after the cable company swallowed it up–even though Comcast insisted that wouldn’t be the case. “Jeff Zucker is going to be CEO of the entity,” Burke told BoomTown’s Kara Swisher in June in an onstage interview at the eighth D: All Things Digital conference.

But now Jeff Zucker is officially out and Burke is officially in, and Comcast (CMCSA) would like us to stop talking about any other comings and goings for a while: “Comcast and GE also said that there will be no additional structural or personnel announcements until the deal closing process and timing is certain,” Comcast insists, via a press release.

But there’s certainly going to be lots of chatter about which NBC U executives stick around in the new, post-GE (GE) regime, and which Comcast officials Burke brings with him, and who he imports from the outside. Stay tuned!

And until then, here’s a look at the Burke, via his sitdown with Swisher at the D8 conference (his insistence that Zucker is staying comes around the 8:50 mark, by the way):

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