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Antoine Sanfuentes Leaving NBC News

SanfuentesAfter 24 years at NBC News, senior vice president Antoine Sanfuentes will step down in January, Politico’s Dylan Byers reports.

“I grew up at NBC News and have been fortunate to learn every aspect of news reporting and production from the best in the business,” Sanfuentes wrote in a memo to staff obtained by Politico. “I’ve loved every minute of it, from covering politics with my colleagues at the Washington bureau to producing and organizing coverage of significant stories in virtually every corner of the globe.”

Sanfuentes joined NBC’s Washington bureau in 1990. He worked as a White House producer and senior White House producer before he was named Washington bureau chief in 2011 and promoted to senior vice president in 2012.

His departure comes five months into Deborah Turness‘ tenure as president of NBC News. Last month, Turness appointed a new deputy from her former network, naming Julian March SVP of editorial and innovation.

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Rob Yarin Named Executive Producer of ‘Meet the Press’

After Betsy Fischer Martin leaves her post as senior executive producer of “Meet the Press,” Rob Yarin will step in to lead the NBC public affairs show.

Since 1999, Yarin has worked as the senior vice president of programming for Frank N. Magid Associates. In this role, he has worked as a programming and news consultant for several news outlets, including NBC News and MSNBC. He has worked as an advisor to “Meet the Press” and an executive producer of “Race for the White House,” David Gregory‘s daily election show on MSNBC in 2008.

“Rob is a seasoned journalist and industry expert who understands the worlds of television, politics and social media and how they converge to create compelling and informative programming,” NBC News senior vice president Antoine Sanfuentes said in a statement. “Rob’s knowledge and experience will be a tremendous asset to ‘Meet the Press,’ as the show continues to make news and drive the political conversation each week.”

Yarin will officially take over as executive producer of “Meet the Press” on August 4. More in NBC’s official announcement after the jump. Read more

Betsy Fischer Martin to Exit As Senior EP Of ‘Meet The Press’

The senior EP of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Betsy Fischer Martin, will transition out of that role later this Summer, NBC News says. She will instead be focusing on her role as Managing Editor of NBC News Political Programming, duties she added when she was promoted in March. No word on who will be taking over day-to-day oversight of NBC’s Sunday public affairs show when she departs.

“As you all know, [Betsy] has had an extraordinary run on the show and is among the longest-running executives dedicated to a single program in the history of NBC News,” NBC News senior VP Antoine Sanfuentes wrote in a memo to staff this morning. “I am grateful for her contributions to that legendary program. I know she will bring the same tenacity, savvy and passion to this next phase of her remarkable career and all the platforms and programs of NBC News will benefit greatly from her expertise.”

Fischer Martin began her career at NBC News as an intern almost 22 years ago, rising to EP the network’s signature Sunday public affairs show in 2002.

“I have been so honored to have had almost 22 years in a front row seat to history every week on ‘Meet the Press,’ And while I am moving on from that incredibly humbling seat, I am thrilled for the new opportunity to shape NBC’s political coverage and work with ALL our talented producers and correspondents across the network,” Fischer Martin says in a statement. “Working with David Gregory and our immensely talented staff and crew has been a privilege and I look forward to watching ‘Meet the Press’ continue to lead the way on shaping the conversation on politics and policy.”

Sanfuentes’ note, and comments from ‘Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory and NBC News Group chief Pat Fili-Krushel, after the jump.
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NBC News Hires Richard Esposito and Mark Schone From ABC News

NBC News is expanding its investigative reporting unit with two hires from ABC News, Richard Esposito and Mark Schone.

Esposito brings more than 30 years of reporting experience to NBC, where he will be the senior executive producer of the investigative unit. In his 12 years at ABC, he focused primarily on homeland security and the criminal justice system as a member of a member of Brian Ross‘ investigative unit.

Schone will join the investigative unit at as an editor on April 22. At ABC, he was digital managing editor of the investigative unit. He was previously the executive news editor of and a senior contributing writer at SPIN magazine.

“Richard and Mark are bold, experienced journalists known for their intrepid work. By building on the outstanding efforts of our veteran teams and utilizing our multiple on-air and online platforms, we now have an unparalleled capacity to continue breaking news and dig even deeper into important stories,” NBC News SVP Antoine Sanfuentes said in a statement.

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NBC News Ups Betsy Fischer Martin

NBC News has promoted Betsy Fischer Martin to senior executive producer of “Meet the Press,” and managing editor of NBC News political programming, TVNewser has learned.

In a memo to NBC staff, NBC News senior VP Antoine Sanfuentes praised Fischer’s leadership on the long-running Sunday show, and outlined her additional responsibilities:

Betsy’s experience and editorial judgment will help guide NBC News as it continues to be the leader in political reporting. She will also work with Chuck Todd and the NBC News political team, taking on additional responsibilities guiding the news division’s political news and information programming.

Sanfuentes’ full memo to staff is after the jump. Fischer Martin’s promotion comes just a few weeks after NBC News extended “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory‘s contract with the network.

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Who’s In Line to Take Over at NBC News?

In his farewell note to staff, departing NBC News president Steve Capus writes, “I have much I hope to accomplish in the next phase of my career.” So, too, do the men and women vying to replace Capus. Capus says NBCU News group Chairman Pat Fili-Krushel “will be meeting with people throughout the division, and articulating her vision for the NBCUniversal News Group.”

There are strong internal candidates, some of whom, it has been announced by Fili-Krushel, will take on additional duties. Alex Wallace (above, right), who oversees “Today,” and “Rock Center” will now oversee “Nightly News,” where she was once EP. Wallace, who’s been with NBC since 2005, would be the first female news president after nine men have held the job since 1968.

Phil Griffin will likely be considered for the job. As president of MSNBC for the last 4 and a half years he has given the network an identity and boosted ratings, consistently topping CNN — a network his close friend Jeff Zucker now runs. A front office and internal concern would be the progressive programming on the network, often not in line with NBC News standards. Mark Hoffman, president of CNBC, cannot be ruled out. Nor can Capus’ deputy, Antoine Sanfuentes, (above, left) who will run day-to-day in the interim.

External candidates are also plentiful…

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NBC News Shakes Up Management Team, New EP at ‘Rock Center’

NBC News has shaken up its leadership team, promoting DC bureau chief Antoine Sanfuentes (left) to senior VP of NBC News, promoting David Verdi to senior VP of newsgathering, upping Ken Strickland to DC bureau chief and naming Alex Wallace (center) EP of “Rock Center.” For Wallace, it’s a return to overseeing a Brian Williams broadcast. Wallace was EP of “Nightly News” in 2007-2008.

Rome Hartman, (right) the former longtime CBS News producer who launched “Rock Center” as EP, will be shifting to the specials unit with a focus on election coverage.

Announcing the changes, NBC News president Steve Capus highlighted that the new executive ranks all came from inside NBC.

As you read the list of promotions and changes spelled out in this note, please keep in mind I’ve decided to stay inside our talent-rich organization for each of these moves – a real testament to the contributions of these individuals and the bench strength of NBC News.

Sanfuentes, who joined NBC News as a desk assistant in 1990, rose through the producer and executive ranks and was named DC bureau chief in January 2011. In his new role he will be Capus’ chief deputy at NBC News in New York. Wallace, who had been Capus #2, will remain a senior VP and will add oversight of “Rock Center” as well as “Ann Curry’s production unit and our health initiative.”

Verdi, a longtime NBC Newser, who had been VP of newsgathering, is now a senior VP, adding oversight of news affiliate partnerships and the NBC News Channel.

Joining Strickland in DC will be Meaghan Rady, once a producer for Tom Brokaw, who rose through the ranks and will now be deputy bureau chief.

“I’m grateful to Rome for his leadership, signified by Rock Center’s first Emmy last week for Bob Costas’ breakthrough interview with Jerry Sandusky,” Capus writes in his note, which you can read in full after the jump.

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MSNBC @ 15, Party Time in D.C.

The network that calls itself “The Place for Politics” held its 15th anniversary bash in Washington, DC last night. New York employees of the network will have their own party next week, we’re told. MSNBC went on the air July 15, 1996.

MSNBC president Phil Griffin, NBC News president Steve Capus and NBC News DC bureau chief Antoine Sanfuentes were among those attending last night and taking part in a video answering the question: “How will television news evolve over the next 15 years?”

“I think you’ll see fewer of the big national operations that are all-consuming and a lot more of the niche,” predicts Griffin.

Richard Engel, Jon Karl honored at Congressional Correspondents Dinner

The first Congressional Correspondents Dinner (formerly known as the Radio & TV correspondents dinner) was held last night in Washington, DC.

NBC’s Richard Engel, who was not at the dinner as he’s reporting from Libya, won the David Bloom Award for Excellence in Enterprise Reporting. Bloom, an anchor and correspondent for NBC News, died of an embolism in Iraq in 2003. His daughters presented the award to NBC DC bureau chief Antoine Sanfuentes who was Bloom’s producer when he was NBC’s White House correspondent.

ABC’s Jonathan Karl was awarded the Joan S. Barone Award for Excellence in Washington-based National Affairs/Public Policy Broadcasting.

Playbook’s Mike Allen thought Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) was the funniest speaker:

This is all being broadcast on C-SPAN 3, so TENS of Americans will see this. Down at the CNN table, they’re saying, ‘TENS!? What’s their secret?’

Ouch. Our fabulous Fishies in DC were there. Check out the coverage from Betsy Rothstein and Matt Dornic, including Betsy’s story on another congressman’s skewering of another media outlet.

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Ken Strickland upped to Deputy Bureau Chief at NBC News Washington

Ken Strickland, a veteran of NBC News’ Washington bureau, was named deputy bureau chief today by Antoine Sanfuentes, bureau chief in D.C.

Strickland joined NBC in 1995 as an associate producer for “Dateline NBC.” He was named White House producer in 1997 and later was NBC’s producer on Capitol Hill. Before joining NBC, Strickland worked for WKRN in Nashville, WVTM in Birmingham, and at CNN in Atlanta.

Strickland takes over for Sanfuentes who was promoted to bureau chief in January after Mark Whitaker left for CNN.

Internal memo from Sanfuentes after the jump.

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