Lee Currlin, a 14-year NBC veteran and currently senior VP of programming and program planning based in New York, will retire early next year, the network confirmed.

NBC said Currlin will remain a consultant to the network after his departure, which doesn’t come as a major surprise, since the exec was a longtime cohort of former entertainment chief Brandon Tartikoff.

Currlin was brought to NBC by Fred Silverman in 1978, after replacing Silverman as program VP at CBS. He became VP of programming for the Peacock network in March 1979–overseeing long-term planning and scheduling as well as daytime and children’s programming–working with Tartikoff, then West Coast veepee of programs, who was named president of the entertainment division the next year.

Currlin kept a low profile with the network in recent years, with most entertainment matters being handled out of NBC’s West Coast offices in Burbank.

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