10/17/2012 03:19 pm ET Updated Oct 17, 2012

Jeff Zucker Eyeing CNN Gig, Possibly Exiting 'Katie': Report

Jeff Zucker is looking to exit his role as executive producer of Katie Couric's new daytime talk show, Deadline Hollywood reported on Wednesday.

The former NBC Universal chief has been reportedly considered to replace CNN president Jim Walton, who will resign from his post at the end of the year.

Amidst record-low ratings, Walton said the network needed new leadership and announced his planned exit this past summer.

Multiple outlets have also reported that Zucker is on the short list to run Tribune Co. as it reemerges from bankruptcy protection.

Zucker had a controversial tenure at NBC. As executive producer of "Today," Zucker was responsible for growing the NBC show into the number one program in morning television. "Today" remained the leader of the morning shows till earlier this year when "Good Morning America" broke the 16-year ratings winning streak.

As the head of NBC Universal, Zucker made headlines during the messy "Tonight Show" shake-up regarding Conan O'Brien and Jay Leno.

(h/t Deadline Hollywood)



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