Jeff Zucker resigned as president of CNN Worldwide on Feb. 2, 2022, acknowledging that he did not disclose a consensual relationship he had with another CNN employee when the relationship began. The announcement of his resignation sent shockwaves through the media industry. Here are some reactions.
Evan Weiner: Journalist who Covers the Business Side of News and Sports
He never should have been in charge of news. No experience. He was just a TV guy; he greenlighted The Apprentice. He was an entertainment guy.
That is a major problem with cable TV news; it is infotainment with no attention span. We have to leave it at that. You have 24 hours a day, seven days a week and you have to leave it at that? Goodbye Jeff!
Denny Wilkins: Professor in the Jandoli School of Communication at St. Bonaventure University
Jeff Zucker, as much as humanly possible, kept CNN tightly focused on news more than commentary over most of his time as CNN’s leader. True, over the past few years, CNN leaned more heavily on its evening appointment viewing, which from time to time blended opinion with straight news.
It’s shame that an undisclosed “romantic” relationship pushed him off his throne. Powerful men are as capable of stupidity as the least powerful
Richard Lee: Executive Director of the Jandoli Institute
It was much too late, but Jeff Zucker did the right thing by resigning.
News organizations must hold themselves to high ethnical standards.
Anything less weakens public confidence in the important work that journalists do every day of the year.