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Deborah Turness to Work with ‘Today’ Team Until GM Slot is Filled


Back in January, NBC News president Deborah Turness sent out this org chart of her senior leadership team. There was a slot to fill: SVP and GM of the “Today” show. Today, that position is open again.

Jamie Horowitz, hired for the job back in May, didn’t make it to his first official day with NBC — Dec. 1. As TVNewser first reported, Horowitz was fired late Monday.

This morning, insiders tell us Matt Lauer was among those who’d lost faith in his leadership, but that any goodwill Horowitz had earned from Turness and her boss, Pat Fili-Krushel, who both recruited Horowitz from ESPN earlier this year, had run out.

Horowitz had been making the rounds at the show since September.  “He’s a really smart guy, and he’s been great at reaching out to us, getting our input, and so far we’re really impressed,” co-host Willie Geist told TVNewser two weeks ago.

It was in those meetings, from top talent, to the production assistants, that a profile began to emerge of an executive who would pit staffers against one another; a game of ‘Survivor,’ the Daily News called it, with people’s livelihoods at stake. “He was creating drama that wasn’t there,” an insider says.

Geist, who knows Horowitz personally, was among those angered by his antics. (Geist’s sister Libby worked with Horowitz at ESPN and is married to his former producing partner Kevin Wildes.)

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Closing Bell Rings Live from CNBC


In celebration of CNBC’s 25th anniversary, the closing bell of the New York Stock exchange was rung from across the Hudson River at CNBC headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. CNBC President Mark Hoffman, NBCUniversal News Group Chairman Pat Fili-Krushel and hundreds of CNBC employees were on hand for the bell ringing.

TVNewsers on Gotham, Variety Power Lists

Gotham and Variety were both out this week with power lists featuring female television personalities and executives.

In Variety‘s “Power of Women” issue, the “New York Impact” list featured Fox Business Network anchor Maria Bartiromo, NBC Universal News Group chairman Pat Fili-Krushel, Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Al Jazeera America president Kate O’Brian, ABC’s Robin Roberts and CAA television agent Olivia Metzger.

Bartiromo and Roberts are also on Gotham’s “50 Most Powerful Women in New York” list, along with NBC’s Deborah Turness and Savannah Guthrie, CBS’ Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell and ABC’s Diane Sawyer.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Annual ’35 Most Powerful People in New York Media’

Television news executives and personalities are well represented on The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual “35 Most Powerful People in New York Media” list.

From the executive ranks: CBS News chairman Jeff Fager and president David Rhodes; NBC News chairman Pat Fili-Krushel and president Deborah Turness; and incoming Disney/ABC Television group president Ben Sherwood and ABC News president James Goldston represent the broadcast networks. On the cable side, Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, MSNBC president Phil Griffin, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker and Bloomberg Media Group CEO Justin Smith make the list.

The main anchors for the broadcast networks — Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer and Scott Pelley — are all on the list, as well as morning anchors from each network. For NBC, it’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Willie Geist; Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell represent CBS; and for ABC, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos and Lara Spencer. “Good Morning America” senior executive producer Tom Cibrowski and “CBS Sunday Morning” EP Rand Morrison are also named.

As for cable news talent, all three Fox News primetime hosts — Bill O’Reilly, Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity — make the list. From MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough; and from CNN, Anderson Cooper.

Other notable additions: Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, Bob Costas, Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa.

TVNewser will be at the party celebrating the honorees tonight.

[Images via Hollywood Reporter]

CNN Takes Home Two RTS Awards; Deborah Turness Wins Judges’ Award

article_imgThe Royal Television Society, the UK’s organization for all things media, held its annual awards tonight in London. NBC News President Deborah Turness received the Judges’ Award while CNN International was named News Channel of the Year for the second year running, beating out the BBC and Sky News. CNN also won the News Coverage award for their reporting on Typhoon Haiyan.

Turness, above, was honored for her work as head of ITV News as well as at NBC News, which she joined as president last summer. In a note to NBC News staffers, obtained by TVNewser, Pat Fili-Krushel, head of the NBCU News Group, says the judges “recognized Deborah’s energy, competitiveness and popular news sense, all qualities that have quickly become the hallmark of her leadership of NBC News since joining us six months ago.”

See all the winners on the RTS Twitter feed.

(Photo: ITV)

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NBC News Prepares To Close Out ‘Education Nation’ Conference

Today is the final day of NBC News’ “Education Nation” conference. New York City Mayor and Bloomberg founder Michael Bloomberg will be a speaker, as will former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. NBC will announce a digital toolkit for parents to support their children’s academic growth, and the conference will end with a panel of education journalists (from NBC and elsewhere) talking about the challenges of covering education in America.

Earlier, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong discussed innovation in tech. Below, Armstrong is photographed with NBC News Group Chairman Pat Fili-Krushel, and NBC News president Deborah Turness.

Andrea Mitchell Celebrates 35 Years At NBC News

Today marks 35 years at NBC News for Andrea Mitchell. Mitchell, who joined NBC in 1978 as a general correrspondent, has served as Congressional correspondent, White House correspondent and foreign affairs correspondent, among many other roles, and anchors “Andrea Mitchell Reports” at 1 PM on MSNBC.

At the end of her program today, Mitchell was surprised by a phone call from Tom Brokaw, who called in from his cabin in Montana to wish her well on her anniversary.

“Even in Montana, in a remote cabin where I am sitting right now, that story is reverberating across America,” Brokaw quipped. “Congratulations my friend, I hope that crazy Al [Mitchell's husband, former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan] will have a special dinner planned for you this evening.”

Update: Video after the jump.

Mitchell then threw to Tamron Hall, who also wished her well with her production team.

“You are a hero and an inspiration to all of us, especially us ladies, thank you Andrea,” Hall said.

“[S]he is truly a pioneer for women in journalism and has served as a remarkable role model to so many aspiring to follow in her footsteps,” NBCUniversal News Group president Pat Fili-Krushel wrote in an email to staff this afternoon. “We are very fortunate to call Andrea one of our own. I know you will all join me in congratulating her on this milestone in her career.”

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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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It’s Official: Deborah Turness Named President of NBC News

NBC News has officially named Deborah Turness as its new president. Turness will start her new role in August, reporting to NBCUniversal News Group chairman Pat Fili-Krushel.

“It is quite simply the greatest imaginable honor to be named as the next President of NBC News,” said Turness in a statement. “I am hugely excited by the opportunities that lie ahead and look forward to working with the talented journalists and technicians who make it one of the great global news operations.”

Turness is the editor of ITV News in the UK, a role she has held since 2004. She will remain that role until July, helping to select her successor at the British broadcaster. ITV and NBC News have long been partners, sharing bureaus and correspondents across the globe.

“Deborah has built an outstanding reputation as both a journalist and business executive with a proven track record for innovation and collaboration,” said Fili-Krushel in a statement. “She is a leader with a global perspective, who is also very familiar with NBC News, having worked closely with us through our partnership with ITN. Her passion for the news business, combined with her creativity and vision, will be a tremendous asset to NBC News, and I’m very pleased to welcome her to the team.”

The announcement was expected, as multiple outlets reported that Turness was the pick a week and a half ago. Her name was first floated back in April.

More information, below.

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‘Rock Center’ Has Been Canceled

Breaking: “Rock Center with Brian Williams” will finish its current run on June 21, then shut down production.

“While we’re disappointed with the news, we are very proud of the hard work that the ‘Rock Center’ team put into the program each week,” NBC News Group chief Pat Fili-Krushel wrote in a note to staff this afternoon. “Rock Center” was given a 3-year commitment when it launched in the Fall of 2011. When it comes to a close, it will have run for 20 months.

The show never caught on with viewers and was moved five times on the NBC schedule in its first year alone.

“I would like to thank Brian, Alex, David and the entire “Rock Center” team for their efforts. The show will be missed,” writes Fili-Krushel.

There’s no word on the fate of the correspondents and staff of “Rock Center” or whether layoffs will be necessary. Some staffers will likely be offered positions in other areas of the NBC News Group.

Full note, after the jump…

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