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New NBC News President Deborah Turness: ‘My first job is to listen’

Today is Deborah Turness‘ first day on the job as president of NBC News. This morning she sent a note out to all NBC News staffers introducing herself, and explaining that she will be a regular presence in the newsroom, edit bays and offices over the next few weeks while she gets acclimated.

“My first job is to listen. To hear from you and to gain an intimate understanding of how you operate,” Turness wrote. “So whatever your role, department or location, I am interested in what you can tell me. This week I plan to spend time in key editorial meetings and to be ‘out and about’. So please don’t be surprised if I turn up in your edit bay or at your desk. I want to know how you work!”

Turness was named president of NBC News back in May, replacing Steve Capus, who departed in March.

Her full note to staff, after the jump.

From: “Deborah Turness (NBCUniversal)”
Subject: A Note to the NBC News Team

Dear friends and colleagues,

As I take up my role as President of News I already owe you thanks for the warmest reception possible. I have received such warm messages from so many people from right across the company.

It is both an honour and a privilege to be asked to lead NBC News. The power of the brand, the scale of the legacy, the depth of the talent all make this organisation truly great.

I am here to work with you all at an exciting time. Together we will plan how NBC News will meet the challenges it faces now and in the future – on TV, online and on mobile.

My first job is to listen. To hear from you and to gain an intimate understanding of how you operate. So whatever your role, department or location, I am interested in what you can tell me. This week I plan to spend time in key editorial meetings and to be ‘out and about’. So please don’t be surprised if I turn up in your edit bay or at your desk. I want to know how you work!

I look forward to getting to know you and to getting started.

Deborah

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