Jeff Zucker’s ‘Katie’ Departure Plans

Zucker will leave Couric's show by mid-January

Newly named CNN chief Jeff Zucker says he'll exit his executive producer role at "Katie" by mid-January to focus on his new job.

Getty Images"Obviously I'm going to be working full-time at CNN," he said in a conference call Thursday about his new job. "I'll be [at "Katie"] for a few more weeks helping with the transition and I'll be leaving there by the middle of January."

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Zucker has worked with Couric since her days on NBC's "Today," which he executive produced before taking over NBCUniversal. He helped launch the new show this fall.

Zucker assumes leadership of CNN Worldwide in January.