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After months of hand-wringing over CNN's dismal ratings and cries for new leadership, Turner executives turned to former NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Zucker to turn the network around.
Zucker, named president of CNN Worldwide, faces the Herculean task of invigorating the 24-hour network's primetime programming lineup amid flagging ratings while maintaining its brand position as the nonpartisan news leader.
After he leaves his current position as producer of former Today colleague Katie Couric's syndicated daytime talk show, Zucker will be tasked with overseeing a portfolio of 23 news and information businesses including CNN/U.S., CNN International, CNN.com and HLN.
He takes over a news network that over the last few years has struggled on the ratings front--particularly in primetime--against cable news …