Zucker Is Lead Candidate to Head CNN

Jeff Zucker, the former chief executive of NBCUniversal, is the lead candidate to become the next president of CNN Worldwide, say people familiar with the matter.

Mr. Zucker would succeed Jim Walton, who has run CNN for nearly a decade. Mr. Walton announced in July that he planned to leave at the end of the year. The management change follows years of ratings declines that often put CNN, a pioneer in cable news, in third place behind its more opinionated rivals, Fox News and MSNBC. Mr. Walton said when his departure was announced that “CNN needs new thinking.”

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