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NBC’s Shapiro WANTS To Leave, NYT Says

neal_shapiro2.jpgNBC News prez Neal Shapiro “has told his superiors at the network in recent days that he would like to leave his post,” Jacques Steinberg writes in Thursday’s New York Times. “In informing Mr. Zucker and Robert C. Wright, chairman of NBC Universal, of his desire to leave his job, Mr. Shapiro appeared to be seeking to jump before being pushed, said one senior network executive.”

Here’s the most interesting paragraph: “Perhaps just as important a factor as the morning show ratings in Mr. Shapiro’s waning fortunes, however, was the disconnect between his management style and Mr. Zucker’s. Behind the scenes, Mr. Shapiro can be as easygoing as Mr. Zucker is intense, and those familiar with Mr. Zucker‘s thinking say he had come to the conclusion that a stronger personality was needed atop the news division.”

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