Steve Burke, like his father before him, is going to run a TV network.
Burke, the No. 2 executive at Comcast Corp., was named on Sunday to run NBC Universal Inc. when the cable giant acquires 51 percent of the entertainment and news giant, which could be later this year.
Philadelphia-based Comcast announced Burke's position as chief executive officer of NBCU two days after Jeff Zucker, the current head of NBCU, told employees on Friday morning in an e-mail he would leave when the Comcast/NBCU deal closes. Zucker said Friday that he met with Burke two weeks ago and Burke told him that Comcast had wanted him to go.
Zucker noted that Comcast was spending billions of dollars on NBCU and it wanted management control over the business, which has major operations in New York City and Los Angeles, and company-owned TV stations around the nation.