Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Report: Andrew Lack Could Be Returning To Head NBC News

Andrew Lack
Andrew Lack, the former CBS News and Bloomberg News executive, is in preliminary talks for a senior role at NBC Universal's news division.

According to The Hollywood Reporter,  Lack — who ran NBC News in the 1990s before being promoted to the top job at NBC — would replace Pat Fili-Krushel as the top executive in charge of NBC's news assets, including NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC and their digital assets. Fili-Krushel, a loyal lieutenant of NBCUni CEO Steve Burke, is expected to move to a different role in the company.

Deborah Turness, the current president of NBC News, would stay in her post. But there also is rampant speculation that she could return to London-based ITV, where she previously worked. The search for a seasoned news veteran is being led by Burke with Fili-Krushel. And sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Lack met last week in Manhattan with Burke and Fili-Krushel.

Lack would bring deep knowledge of the news business (and NBC News culture) to the job, something that Fili-Krushel has lacked. He began his career at CBS News in the 1970s. He was a producer at 60 Minutes, the well-regarded CBS Reports and the newsmagazine West 57th. He was president of NBC News from 1993 to 2001, a tenure during which all three of the news division's broadcasts achieved top-rated status.

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