Sesno said Zucker gave CNN a consistent voice, “a clearinghouse for ideas and analysis, and yes, opinion, while still trying very hard to retain its roots in news. They thread the incredibly challenging needle of today’s pressures and politics and media and audience during a very divisive time.”
The network under Zucker’s watch also diversified its reporting ranks and broadened its base of documentaries and original shows.
Zucker also greatly expanded CNN’s digital footprint, reaching tens of millions more people worldwide through cnn.com than the actual cable network itself.
But the primary network faces new challenges under a Joe Biden presidency and the continued growth of on-demand streaming and cord-cutting.