Jeff Zucker, the driving force behind AT & T's well-known CNN news operation, will be leaving the company six weeks to discuss cardiac surgery.
A CNN spokeswoman confirmed the details of Brian Stelter, the network's media correspondent, in a Thursday morning tweet: Sugar, the president of CNN Worldwide, will have to undergo elective surgery to treat a condition he has has ten years. "He has assured everyone that he'll be fine," Stelter said, reporting on Sugar's comments from a press conference on Thursday. CNN has not specified any further details.
Michael Bass, a longtime Sugar Lieutenant, CNN's Executive Vice President of Programming, is expected to oversee the CNN's schedule while other members of the unit's management team will oversee other operations. CNN was for a long time one of the biggest financial engines of the former Time Warner, which was acquired by AT & T in June for $ 85.4 billion after the telco giant prevailed against a US government to stop the deal. The government has appealed against the decision.
Sugar, represented by a recent contract at CNN until 2020, has given new momentum to the cable network since joining CNN in 201
At the same time, the network has become a beloved darling of President Donald Trump and many others Republicans, who tend to oppose the White House reporting.
Sugar has been open to dealing with medical problems in the past. The 53-year-old manager, a former Today producer and CEO of NBCUniversal, was twice treated for colorectal cancer in those 30s.