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Bill Wheatley: “Heart & Soul” Of NBC News

williamsjune9.jpgI should have linked to this yesterday. On MSNBC.com, Brian Williams writes about changes at NBC News: NBC News Executive Vice President Bill Wheatley “has been, since the mid-70′s, our heart and soul in many ways,” BW writes. “Whether it is a question about news coverage, ethics or personnel, Bill’s judgement is always reliable, and he has always put the News Division’s best interests ahead of all else. He’s a man of wise counsel, vast experience and great modesty. Last night we told him in no uncertain terms just what he has meant to us over these many years. This would be a worrisome vacancy for NBC News were it not for the fact that Bill’s replacement, Steve Capus, brings the very best talents to the job. And we here at Nightly News should know: He’s been the Executive Producer of this broadcast for the past four years. And as Steve moves up, so does John Reiss (pronounced REES), who has been Steve’s deputy, and who will make a great executive producer. It is a nice coincidence that this also marks my 6-month mark since inheriting the chair from Tom Brokaw. We work hard to make sure that our broadcast is the very best and I’m flattered beyond words at the dedication of our staff on a daily basis.” It’s on the Nightly News blog…

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