New “Today” show EP Don Nash has made some staff changes. 15-year NBC veteran Matt Carluccio takes over leading the 7am hour. He’s been senior producer of staffing and assignments. That job will now go to Libby Leist, an 11-year NBC veteran who has been the show’s point person in Washington, DC. Leist moves to New York for the job. And back in Washington, Scott Foster, who began his NBC career as a DC desk assistant in 2001, will become the senior “Today” show producer in Washington.
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The crew of NBC’s “Today” decided to play a little prank on co-anchor Savannah Guthrie this week. There was a news brief about a burger chain in Brazil that serves up its sliders in edible wrappers. Natalie Morales threw to David Gregory, Al Roker and Guthrie on the Plaza, and Gregory said:
“Don Nash Our executive producer is so thoughtful and forward looking and so trendy that he actually had a couple of these burgers flown in for us to try.”
There was just one problem: they were not burgers with edible wrappers, as Guthrie soon discovered.
“Do the weather, please I beg of you do the weather,” Guthrie quipped to Roker after figuring out the prank.
“Good Morning America” and “CBS This Morning” showed year-over-year growth last week, compared to the same week in 2011, but “Today” continues to be down double digits: -16% in total viewers. While ABC was up +9% in total viewers and CBS was up +6%, the troubling news for all three shows is that none showed growth in the younger demo. ABC was flat, CBS was down -2% and NBC was down -22%.
The averages for the week of November 26, 2012:
- Total Viewers: ABC: 5.307M / NBC: 4.676M / CBS: 2.657M
- A25-54 viewers: ABC: 1.966M / NBC: 1.894M / CBS: 975K
New “Today” executive producer Don Nash speaks to B&C’s Andrea Morabito (subscription required). Nash touches upon his new boss, Alex Wallace, what tweaks they will make to the “Today” format, and of course, chemistry and ratings:
How do you feel about the chemistry among your current hosts?
I feel like there’s an awesome chemistry between all seven of our anchors. I think this is a group that genuinely likes to be around each other, and we all have the same goal in mind, which is just to do a great show every morning. It is among the most functional onair teams I’ve ever seen. And I’ve seen a lot of different teams come and go on this show, but this group is clicking like I’ve never seen a group click before, and I truly mean that. And I think, unfortunately, a lot of that is getting lost in some of the snarky press that we’re reading about.
Has that been motivating to the staff?
“Good Morning America” has won its first November sweeps in more than 18 years ranking as the #1 morning show in total viewers (first since Nov. 1995) and A25-54 viewers (first since July 1994).
“GMA” led “Today” by +467,000 total viewers and +28,000 younger viewers for the month. Compared to the previous sweeps month, July (which “GMA” took in Total Viewers and “Today” won in younger viewers), “GMA” was up +17.
“GMA” had its largest November audience in 8 years.
The averages for the 2012 November Sweep:
- Total Viewers: ABC: 5.314M / NBC: 4.847M / CBS: 2.773M
- A25-54 viewers: ABC: 2.023M / NBC: 1.995M / CBS: 1.048M
For the week of November 19, Jim Bell‘s penultimate week as executive producer of “Today,” the NBC show notched a win in younger viewers. Bell moves to NBC Sports while senior broadcast producer Don Nash starts Monday as the show’s EP. “GMA” still wins the week in Total Viewers and compared to the same week last year is up +4% in total viewers and up +5 in younger viewers. “Today” is down -16% / -15% while “CBS This Morning” is +9% / -5%
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, ABC’s and NBC’s weekly averages are based on three days (Mon-Wed), while CBS’ average is based on two days (Mon and Tues).
The averages for the week of November 19, 2012:
- Total Viewers: ABC: 5.174M / NBC: 4.688M / CBS: 2.672M
- A25-54 viewers: ABC: 1.976M / NBC: 2.005M / CBS: 925K
“CBS This Morning” EP Chris Licht has made some top producer changes at the 11-month old morning show.
Applegate had been EP for CBS News’ overnight show “Up to the Minute” and the 4am “CBS Morning News.” Glick joins CBS News from NBC News where he was part of the team that helped launch “Rock Center with Brian Williams.” Glick is also a “Today” show alum.
The current Senior Broadcast Producer Tom Mazzarelli will be leaving the show, but staying on through the run of his contract. There is speculation he might return to NBC’s “Today” show where he was senior producer from 2003-2006. A return to “Today” would reunite him with Don Nash, who was named Executive Producer of “Today” earlier this month and who officially takes the reins next Monday.
Mazzarelli joined CBS News in 2008 as senior producer of “The Early Show.”
Former NBC “Today” EP Jim Bell talks to Sports Business Daily about his jump to running NBC’s Olympics coverage full-time. Bell just returned from a trip to Sochi, Russia, one of many he will make in advance of the 2014 games. Bell left “Today” this week, and was replaced by Alex Wallace as executive in charge of the program and Don Nash as EP.
Q: Why do you want this job?
Bell: Part of it goes back to being a kid and watching the Olympics, as an 11 year old, watching the Miracle on Ice. The global aspect of it is particularly appealing to me. Particularly at a time when the world could use its share of positive moments, the Olympics are a particularly great example of the world coming together. That may sound trite to some. But having done my share of Olympics, it doesn’t to me.
Bell also talked about leaving “Today”:
NBC News president Steve Capus responds to the New York Daily News, which reported Matt Lauer was behind the decision to elevate Don Nash at “Today,” instead of bringing on someone from outside the show like MSNBC producer Izzy Povich.
“Matt doesn’t make editorial decisions and he did not spike anything,” Capus told Kaplan.
“This was my call, I spoke to lots of talented people from both cable and network, and in the end went with someone I believed was best suited for the job,” said Capus.
Following the news that Jim Bell would be leaving NBC’s “Today” for a job at NBC Olympics, the network has promoted senior broadcast producer Don Nash to executive producer of the long-running morning program. Nash will report to Alex Wallace, who will serve as executive in charge of the program.
Nash is a 23-year veteran of “Today,” and started his career as an NBC Page at the network’s Burbank studios in 1989. He moved to New York in 1999 to become a senior producer for “Today,” and has been senior broadcast producer since 2005.
“Don Nash deserves to be at the helm of ‘Today,’” NBC News president Steve Capus said in a statement. “He is a beloved member of the Today family who brings vision, commitment and a deep familiarity to all aspects of the broadcast. The formidable individual talents of Alex, Don and the ‘Today’ leadership are now combined and I’m confident our team is well positioned for success.”
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Jim Bell, the executive producer of the “Today” show will be leaving his post and returning to his roots at NBC Sports. The New York Times‘ Brian Stelter reports the change is the beginning of a series of events yet to come that will reconfigure the executive ranks of the NBC program seven months after it lost its spot as the most-watched morning show and after the tumultuous summer exit of co-anchor Ann Curry.
Stelter reports NBC News Group chairman Pat Fili-Krushel is likely to appoint NBC News SVP Alex Wallace as the executive in charge of the four-hour program, while looking for top producers for the first and second two-hour blocks. Wallace, who has worn several hats in her 7 years at NBC News, was just named EP of “Rock Center with Brian Williams.” She is a former “Weekend Today” and “Nightly News” EP and was, until the appointment at “Rock Center,” second-in-command to NBC News president Steve Capus.
Sources tell us no deals have been signed and no internal announcements made. Don Nash, a 24 year “Today” veteran and now senior broadcast producer will likely stay on.
Bell will transition off the show as the year draws to a close. He has been EP of “Today” since 2005, joining from the Sports division. Bell was tapped to oversee NBC’s record-breaking coverage of the London Olympic Games and is expected to do the same for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in 2014 and the Rio Summer games in 2016.