It was just revealed that media giant Time Warner might possibly be purchased by AT&T for a staggering $85 billion. Now, we’re learning just what will happen to Fox News if this deal goes through.
The Political Insider reported that this new company would combine ownership of CNN, FBO, Warner Brothers, and many other famous studios and networks. A new theory states that CNN chief Jeff Zucker might end up being the NEW HEAD of Fox News, which would be truly shocking.
Top media journalist and author Michael Wolff theorized that if either former News Corp. COO Peter Chernin or current CNN chief Jeff Zucker don’t replace outgoing Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes, Zucker could be tapped by Rupert Murdoch’s sons to replace Roger Ailes atop Fox News.
Wolff wrote for The Hollywood Reporter:
With Bewkes gone, his heir apparent, John Martin is likely to be out too, with the betting for the new Time Warner chief on Peter Chernin, the former News Corp COO who operates a small joint venture with AT&T, even though he has been out of big-company management for seven years. CNN’s Jeff Zucker who, having worked for GE when he ran NBC, might be considered a more logical bridge to AT&T and, if rebuffed, might likely be open to the Murdoch sons’ interest in having him come to run Fox News. (Such speculation has led people inside AT&T — having a moment of being blinded by the stars — to a suggestion of hiring former Fox chief Roger Ailes to run CNN and turning media as we know it inside out.)
This would arguably be the biggest shakeup in Fox News history. What do you think about this? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.