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NBC RESHAPES WORLD

Rogers, Lack, Bolster expand int'l duties

NBC president Robert Wright on Monday announced a restructuring of the company’s global and business development interests. NBC Cable president Tom Rogers, NBC News prexy Andrew Lack and CNBC prez William Bolster expanded their responsibilities in taking new posts with NBC Intl.

Rogers takes over as NBC’s chief strategist, negotiator and troubleshooter in developing new business units, including Internet and interactive operations. In addition to his NBC News duties, Lack will now handle NBC’s and CNBC’s operations and programming interests in Europe and Asia. Bolster adds control of the company’s Latin American television programming and operations to his responsibilities.

Making the announcement Monday, Wright said, “We recognize that our international operations, with their strong emphasis on news and information, must now be integrated into (NBC’s) core news and information operations, and that our business development activities must continue at an aggressive pace.

“We are fortunate to have skilled leaders who will push NBC to even greater heights in these areas.”

Under the new international arrangement, Roger Ogden, prexy for the NBC and CNBC channels in Europe, and S.K. Fung, who presides over the networks in Asia, will report to Lack. NBC Europe chairman Patrick Cox and NBC’s senior VP, international development, Stuart Goldfarb will continue to report to Rogers. Jeanee von Essen, with respect to her Canal de Noticias duties, reports to Bolster.

It was also announced Monday that Rogers has entered into a new employment contract with NBC. He will continue with his existing responsibilities in NBC’s cable holdings as well as oversee the NBC Interactive, MSNBC Interactive and new media units.

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