Steve Burke to replace Jeff Zucker as CEO of NBC Universal

Comcast and General Electric announced today that Chief Operating Officer Steve Burke will become the chief executive officer of NBC Universal upon the close of Comcast’s purchase of the media company from GE. Burke, 52, will take over for NBC Universal President and CEO Jeff Zucker, who will continue to serve in his position until the close of the deal.

“Steve Burke is an experienced, talented and visionary leader with over 25 years in the media and entertainment industry,” said Comcast Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Brian L. Roberts in a statement. ” Steve is one of the most well-respected executives in the industry, and I am confident that he will lead NBCU forward to a new era of growth.”

Burke has been the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Comcast since March. He was previously the president of Comcast Cable.

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  • Stormy

    Let’s hope he can resuscitate this brain dead network.

  • Chuck\

    Well, I guess that means CHUCK is a goner… :(

  • Briana

    If this man knows what’s good in the world, he won’t think about axing Chuck. Otherwise, NERDS OF THE WORLD UNITE!

  • tomm

    All you geeks and nerds should watch ‘Chuck’ when it is on, not download illegally. Ratings still count, and pirating loses $$.

    No such thing as ‘free TV’, slackers.

    • Tarc

      Nobody watches TV ‘when it is on’. It’s one whenever I say it is. It’s *their* problem to determine who is watching when. After all, the networks have refused to let us (customers) buy individual channels or individual shows, which I’d be happy to do if we were allowed. Not that I already don’t buy cable, but it’s increasingly unimportant. We need more HBO-like channels – great quality, original content, pay by the channel.

  • bob

    I just hope he changes the network to a Fair & Balanced Network just as Fox News is. If he does, then Fox will finally have some competition! CNN, MSNBC and othe cable news networks combined do not draw the viewers Fox does and that can be proved!

    • Stefan

      haha.. you are funny

    • K

      Delusional.

    • Elizabeth

      That post was more useless than the one from xiyin…

    • Tarc

      Funniest propaganda I’ve read all day…

  • robert

    Wow! If this guy does not follow the same path as Old Zucker and his news philosophy, what is Obama and his Socialist brothers going to do about the news that is always in their favor? I guess Jeff Immelt will not have much input as GE who now owns less than 50% cannot stack the news in Obama’s favor. My goodness, what a crime that would be!

    • liberal girl

      Why are you even reading this article? Go watch Glenn Beck.

    • liberal girl

      What a crime and waste of space you post is. Why are you even reading this article? Go watch Glenn Beck.

    • Tarc

      Second funniest propaganda I’ve read all day…

  • SirLizard

    I hope he’s a “Chuck” fan! I don’t care about anything else he may do at NBC.

    • Silent Rage

      Being a Chuck fan is one thing, being a fan of low ratings is another.

  • Buddy

    Do we need to worry about Jack Donaghy?

  • Blue Silver

    Maybe Conan could come back to late night! :)

  • Jerri

    Can Zucker take Leno with him when he goes?

  • Elizabeth

    What kind of decisions has Burke made at Comcast… COO usually means financial to me, not necessarily someone who actually knows how to run the whole business.

  • Eric

    Fortunately “Chuck” is owned by Warner Bros and NOT NBC so if it were axed then there is a good possibility that it could be picked up by another SMARTER network…Fox could EASILY follow up House with Chuck and get back to killer ratings on Mondays :)

  • Julie Merritt

    That sounds good. I hope he will support the green light for SG1 and SGA movies on SyFy and he will put Joe Flanigan as a regular on a show.

  • Julie Merritt

    What is the Address for NBC/Universal and Steve Burke as CEO.

  • Cbenji

    Why don’t you STFU!

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