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The Morning Ticker: Farrow, Capus, Jost

  • MSNBC host Ronan Farrow has bought a $1.495 million pad in Joe Scarborough‘s neighborhood. The 982-sq. foot, Upper West Side unit is in a doorman building with a landscaped rooftop with views of the Hudson River, just like in a Woody Allen movie.

  • “Saturday Night Live” head writer Colin Jost will be the new co-anchor of “Weekend Update” with Cecily Strong starting March 1. Jost takes over for Seth Meyers who begins hosting “Late Night” on NBC on February 24.

Yes, This is What Steve Capus Has Been Up To

CapusSteve11When Steve Capus left NBC News earlier this year after 20 years with the network, he was due some time away from news.

So for the last few months, Capus, who was president of NBC News for his last 8 years with the network, has turned his attention to music: specifically, a mission to get the British progressive rock band Yes into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

“I don’t want people to think I’ve completely lost my mind,” Capus tells the AP. “This isn’t my new career. I’ve got the luxury of some time on my hands and the ability to do some projects that I believe in and have some fun doing.”

Capus has been a Yes fan since seeing the group in concert in Philadelphia in 1979.

The campaign, a collaboration with fellow Yes fans, Republican consultant John Brabender and Democratic strategist Tad Devine, will include a film, produced by Capus, about why Yes should be in the Hall. Capus attended a “Yestival” in New Jersey and went to Cleveland with the band to conduct interviews.

Since leaving NBC in the spring, Capus has done some consulting work and plans to teach journalism and management.

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.
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ITV News Editor Deborah Turness Expected to be Named President of NBC News

NBC News is expected to name Deborah Turness as its new president, a source tells TVNewser. News of her likely appointment was reported this morning in The New York Times and The Guardian.

TVNewser hears an official announcement from NBC News could come as early as next week.

Turness, 45, is the editor of ITV News, the news arm of UK broadcaster ITV. Turness drew acclaim at ITV for keeping it competitive, even against the well-funded and iconic BBC News. Her appointment will end a three-month search for Steve Capus‘ successor.

She was the first female to hold the editor position, equivalent to a network news division president here in the U.S. She assumed that role in 2004, and before that served as deputy editor at both ITV News and Five News. She also served as a producer in ITV News’ Washington DC bureau earlier in her career.

ITV News and NBC News actually have a business relationship, sharing facilities and even correspondents with the British broadcaster.

Capus–an NBC News lifer–announced that he would leave NBC News in February. His last day was in early March.

Since that time NBCUniversal News Group chairman Pat Fili-Krushel has been overseeing the search for a replacement. Turness’ name first came up as a possibility last month in an article from the Los Angeles Times.

Al Jazeera America On The Hunt For Chief

TheWrap’s Sharon Waxman weighs in on Al Jazeera America, which is currently on the lookout for a chief executive to run the new channel, which will take over the channel space of Current TV later this year.

Waxman has a list of names that she says are in consideration, and there are many familiar faces. Current TV chief David Bohrman is said not to be in the running, while Steve Capus is said to be “skeptical.”

One of the leading candidates, according to Waxman, is former CNN/U.S. chief Jonathan Klein:

Klein, who was fired in 2010, has the news experience and is believed to want the job. According to an individual with knowledge of his thinking, Klein believes there is a ripe opportunity for a news network to occupy the niche that CNN used to — in other words, hard-core reporting with serious journalists.

Others on the list include former CNN managing editor Mark Whitaker, former ABC News president David Westin and former CBS News president Andrew Heyward.

Brian Stelter On NBC’s Response to ‘Top of the Morning,’ Negative Reviews

Though the critics have skewered his first book, Brian Stelter chooses to see the coffee cup as half full.

“Honestly, I appreciate the feedback,” says Stelter, 27, author of Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV, and a media reporter for the New York Times. (Full disclosure: Stelter founded TVNewser when he was a college student)

“I’m not making this up,” he continues. “I want to learn how to be a better writer and reporter. I do think normal readers come away really happy, really entertained.”

‘Normal readers’ probably don’t include a trio of power players, past and present, from NBC. ‘Morning’ paints a less than flattering portrait of ‘Today’ co-anchor Matt Lauer; his former boss, Jim Bell; and ex-NBC News president Steve Capus.

All were involved, to varying degrees, in the ham-handed – and excruciatingly public — ouster of Lauer’s co-anchor, Ann Curry, according to the book. Bell had dubbed it ‘Operation Bambi,’ not knowing, of course, that Curry would come out looking as innocent and victimized as the white-tailed fawn in his title.

Lauer is the clear villain of the piece, prompting Entertainment Weekly to accuse Stelter of having a ‘vendetta’ against the mega-millionaire anchor.

Stelter labels the accusation as ‘preposterous.’

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NBC News Looks Across The Pond For President Candidates

NBC News is casting a wide net in the search for its new president. A few weeks ago, TVNewser heard that NBC was eyeing some potential candidates from England, and now we have some names, courtesy of the LA TimesJoe Flint.

One of the leading candidates, according to Flint, is ITV’s chief news executive Deborah Turness. Turness, 46, took over ITV’s news division in 2004, keeping it competitive with the revered and well-funded BBC.

NBC also has a relationship with ITV, sharing content and correspondents in places like Central Africa.

Flint also floats a few other names, including CBS News president David Rhodes (not available), former ABC News executive Jon Banner (not interested), as well as Sky News exec Sarah Whitehead and Channel 4′s Jay Hunt.

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Today Show ‘Focused on Major News’ Not ‘Year-old Gossip’

NBC News is responding to excerpts from Brian Stelter‘s new book “Top of the Morning” in this weekend’s The New York Times Sunday Magazine. The first third of the book, out Tuesday, is about the “Today” show’s long rise and sudden fall from the top of the morning shows including inside details about those behind it: former EP Jim Bell, former NBC News president Steve Capus and of course Matt Lauer and Ann Curry.

The Magazine story has itself been excerpted dozens of times across numerous sites since it went online Wednesday. For its part, the “Today” show is trying to look the other way: “We are focused on covering several major news stories this week and producing the best show we can for our viewers, not on year-old gossip.”

Al Jazeera America Now Expected in Late Summer

The launch of Al Jazeera America may not happen until late Summer, the New York Post reports. The channel, which will take over Current TV, had hoped to be on the air in June but a source tells the post: “June is not going to happen. The best guess is August or September.” The Post also reports that finding a news chief is the top priority. Names in the mix include former NBC News president Steve Capus and former CNN president Jon Klein, as well as former NBC and CNN executives David Bohrman and David Doss. Bohrman had also been president of Current TV, which Al Jazeera acquired in January.

Matt Lauer Speaks: How Katie Couric Almost Returned To ‘Today’

More than half a year after Ann Curry left the “Today” show, Matt Lauer opens up about exactly what happened behind the scenes. The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz spoke to Lauer, NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke and former NBC News president Steve Capus about the decision.

The story paints the decision to remove Curry as a corporate one, and Lauer as valiantly trying to slow the process down. That said, Lauer acknowledged that their chemistry wasn’t great, and that he was reluctant about Curry before she officially became co-anchor. Curry had a guarantee in her contract that gave her the slot.

Then there was this bombshell about Katie Couric, now with ABC:

At the outset, though, Lauer would have preferred to anchor with someone else. Before Curry was formally promoted to co-host in 2011, Lauer quietly reached out to an old friend. He asked Katie Couric if she would be willing to return to Today, where they had ruled the time period for nearly a decade.

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