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Steve Capus On ‘Today’ Switch: ‘This was my call’

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.

Don Nash Named EP of ‘Today’

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 Leaving ‘Today,’ Returning to NBC Sports

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 TimesBrian 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.

A Party Tonight, Before the Today Celebration

The party’s still going at the Edison Ballroom in Times Square as the “Today” show celebrates its 60th anniversary. The morning milestone began with a welcome from “Today” frontman Matt Lauer before singer Pit Bull took the stage.

Fourth hour hosts Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford were early arrivals, with Kotb (below) front and center during Pit Bull’s set. We spotted NBC News president Steve Capus and “Today” EP Jim Bell working the room, as longtime EP and, later NBCU president Jeff Zucker was deep in conversation with former “Today” anchor Meredith Vieira.

“Today” senior broadcast producer Don Nash, who’s been with the show more than a third of its life — 23 years — tells TVNewser tomorrow’s anniversary program is not to be missed. All former living on air talent — save for Joe Garagiola and Gene Shalit who aren’t able to make it — will be a part of the show. And we spotted many of them at the party tonight, including Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric, (above) Barbara Walters, John Palmer and Hugh Downs.

NBC spared no expense flying in correspondents from other NBC bureaus including Andrea Mitchell, Kerry Sanders, Kevin Tibbles, Janet Shamlian and Luke Russert.

Brian Williams stopped in after “Nightly News.” And we chatted with “Today” anchors Savannah Guthrie, Jenna Wolfe and Amy Robach, here with husband Andrew Shue, and said hello to Willard Scott on our way out. Other “Today” regulars celebrating  included Jill Rappaport, Martha Stewart, the Scotto family and Bobby Flay. We chatted with Andy Cohen (mostly about NeNe Leakes) who later tonight will be interviewing Rosie O’Donnell on his Bravo show, “Watch What Happens Live.”

Rounding out the crowd: Willie Geist, Jeff Rossen, Martin Bashir, Carl Quintanilla, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Tyler Mathisen, MSNBC president Phil Griffin and CNBC president Mark Hoffman and many more I may have missed. Because, as I said, the party is still going. Then, tomorrow at 7am, “Today” takes the party nationwide.

Andrea Mitchell and Jeff Zucker

Kerry Sanders and Jenna Wolfe

(Photos: Chris Ariens)

Justin Bieber Fever on the ‘Today’ show Plaza

30 Rockefeller Plaza is back to business this afternoon after Bieber fever struck early this morning. More than 12,000 people packed the plaza for Justin Bieber‘s performance. This could go down as the biggest in the 15 years of the “Today” show summer concert series.

“Today” show EP Jim Bell tells TVNewser this morning’s concert reminded him of the 1999 Ricky Martin concert during the “Livin La Vida Loca” days. “It virtually brought midtown Manhattan to a halt,” says Bell who was working for NBC Sports at the time. “It was virtually impossible to get through Rockefeller Plaza to the office.” (After the jump, Bell’s top concerts in his six years at the helm of “Today.”) Bell is anticipating another big crowd next month when Lady Gaga performs July 9th. “We’ve already gotten a huge response,” he says. “We expect a massive crowd that morning.”

Bieber was interviewed by Matt Lauer in the 8am half hour, the teenager even doing his own Lauer impression.

Then, at the start of the 8:30 half hour, watch as Jonah Hill and Elizabeth Moss try to promote their new movie “Get him to the Greek” amid screaming tweens.

Bieber then came on stage to perform three songs in the 8:30 half hour and more in the 9am.

The show’s anchors got in on the act a bit too. (But nothing like this from 2005).

Al Roker took some pictures (but no Tweets). And you may continue to see a familiar behind-the-scenes “Today” show face. Senior broadcast Don Nash makes it a point to leave the control room to catch the concerts in person, and the show’s director makes it a point of making sure Nash is put on camera — which, we hear, he hates. Spot him in the clip below:

• Much more on the concert, including clips of Bieber performing, on TodayShow.com.

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Amy Robach and Andrew Shue Tie the Knot

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Weekend Today co-anchor Amy Robach had a pretty special birthday yesterday — she got married. Robach married “Melrose Place” actor Andrew Shue.

The ceremony and reception, at The Lighthouse on Manhattan’s west side, was attended by about 120 friends and family.

Some of the tvnewsers in attendance, Robach’s “Today” show colleagues Meredith Vieira, and Ann Curry, MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer, who Twitpic’d the night away, Alison Stewart and husband MSNBC VP Bill Wolff. Robach’s former MSNBC anchor Randy Meier flew in for the ceremony, while her “Today” co-anchor Lester Holt was already in Vancouver for the Olympics. Also, “Today” show senior producer Don Nash, publicist Megan Kopf and former supervising producer Javier Morgado attended.

Shue’s sister, actress Elisabeth Shue was also in attendance.

Robach and Shue met last Spring and got engaged in September.

Robin Roberts and the Evening Anchors

As Meredith Vieira finished her interview and Robin Roberts got into place, Katie said hello to her former Today show colleague, senior broadcast producer Don Nash. As Vieira walked off the platform, she returned telling the anchors, “Robin just said ‘see you Katie.’”

“You all look alike to me,” joked Roberts. First video below, then click continued to see more of the Roberts interview…

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