Steve Burke

Steve Burke: ‘Think like an owner, not a renter’

Steve Burke speaking at the RTS London Conference 2016 (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

Q Tina Brown, CEO of Tina Brown Live Media: What keeps you up at night, thinking about this business five or 10 years down the line? 

Steve Burke, CEO of NBCUniversal: Seven years ago the iPad didn’t exist, [but] I would bet that the majority of people here have been on their iPad… this morning.… Change over the past seven years… has been surprisingly rapid. And my bet is that it is going to [continue] in the next six years. Increasingly, a big part of my job is to make sure that we position the company for the future. 

The secrets of NBC Universal's success

Steve Burke (Credit: NBC Universal)

With a diverse portfolio, strong profit growth and numerous divisions breaking records, it has been an amazing few years for NBCUniversal since Comcast’s acquisition. What do you credit for this level of performance?  

A Our performance over the last five years has exceeded our expectations. Since Comcast acquired NBCUniversal in 2011, we have doubled our cash flow and almost every part of our company is firing on all cylinders.