CNN's Allison Gollust was touted as the top candidate that could potentially replace Jeff Zucker in the future - report


Allison Gollust, the current Vice-President of CNN, was touted as the top internal candidate that could potentially replace newly resigned CEO Jeff Zucker in the future, according to a report.
CNN's Vice Executive and Chief Marketing Officer Allison Gollust.Patrick McMullan via Getty Images / Gallo Images

CNN's Allison Gollust, who currently serves as the Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer for CNN Worldwide and headlines all communications for CNN, was the top candidate choice to headline the Network someday, a report revealed.

Gollust was going to replace the newly resigned CEO Jeff Zucker, this was before she was named as a woman that had an affair with her boss -- an affair that has subjected CNN to a lot of backlashes.

Zucker resigned as president of CNN and chairman of WarnerMedia's news and sports division via a staff memo, to which he acknowledged his failure to disclose a consensual relationship with a close colleague.

He did not identify his "coworker" in the memo, but the relationship was with Allison Gollust, the Network's Chief Marketing Officer, CNN anchor Brian Stelter said during a programme on Wednesday, adding that she would be staying at CNN.

Allison began working at CNN in 2013 after she was brought in by Jeff Zucker, and before then, she worked with Zucker at NBC for 15-years.

In between those two jobs, she worked for Governor Andrew Cuomo's as Communications Director, and resigned decided to quit after four months, the New York Times reported.

NBC media reporter Dylan Byers floated the possibility of Gollust ascending to Zucker's position in a tweet that is luckily still up and not deleted.

An NBC report wrote a compilation of people who are seen as capable of running CNN in the future when Zucker is no longer running the network, and Allison was one of the prominent candidates.

Other broadcasters included were ABC News president Ben Sherwood who has been in leadership roles, running a news network for a long time.

The report also alluded that Sherwood's name had been popping up in conversations among high-level media insiders as a potential replacement for Zucker.

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