"It's exactly what the division needs," says one veteran NBC News producer. "Someone who can manage talent and someone who knows the news business."
NBC News president Deborah Turness introduced the 67-year-old Lack at the 9 a.m. meeting as a "special guest," at which point Lack, who was in the hall, poked his head into the third-floor executive conference room. He then proceeded to personally introduce himself to each of the 50 or so people who were in the room, including several he already knew from his previous stint as president of NBC News in the 1990s.
But sources at NBC News told THR that Lack has not made up his mind about whether Williams should return. And many inside the division continue to believe that Williams will not be reinstated to the Nightly News and may not return to NBC News at all. (Lester Holt, who is anchoring Nightly, has held a slim lead over ABC's World News Tonight With David Muir.)
Ultimately the decision will be made by Burke. In announcing Williams' suspension on Feb. 10, Burke noted that Williams "deserves a second chance, and we are rooting for him."
But with a presidential election looming, many wonder how a tarnished Williams fits in.
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