Both Variety and the Associated Press are reporting that the future of newly-installed (in 2013) NBC News President Deborah Turness is now up in the air. After bungling a Today Show leadership change and the agonizing firing of “Meet the Press” host David Gregory, it looks as though the Brian Williams’ fiasco might be the last straw for NBC Universal. A new sheriff is coming to town:
Former NBC News president Andrew Lack is in negotiations to return to a top post at NBCUniversal’s news division in a management shakeup following the debacle that led to the suspension of “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams and other recent missteps.
The discussions are in the early stages, but Lack is expected to return in a top role, if not the top job, overseeing NBCUniversal’s news operations: NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC. Pat Fili-Krushel, who has headed NBCUniversal News Group as chairman since 2012, may move to a different position within NBCUniversal. …
A source close to the situation emphasized that Deborah Turness, NBC News president, is also staying with the company, though her role may change.
No matter how you spin it, NBC Universal has apparently come to the conclusion that Turness is in way over head.
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