Peacock promotes trio in communications shuffle

Constantinople, Battaglia, Shields shift

NEW YORK — NBC is upping a trio of its top communications staffers to VP level as part of an overall restructuring of the Peacock’s Gotham operations.

Alexandra Constantinople, who had been director of corporate communications for the web, will now serve as VP for news communications. Maria Battaglia, formerly in charge of media relations at NBC’s all-news cabler MSNBC, has been promoted to VP of corporate communications. And Cory Shields, an NBC News communications director in charge of “Dateline,” is moving to MSNBC, with the title of VP, communications.

The changes were set in motion earlier this summer with the announcement that Beth Comstock, formerly senior VP of communications for NBC, was moving over to Peacock parent GE. Comstock was replaced by Kassie Canter, who had been serving as VP for corporate communications and news.

All three appointees will report to Canter.

Constantinople’s promotion returns her to NBC News, which she left in January 1997 to become director of NBC corporate communications and media relations. She had been senior press manager overseeing publicity for “Today” since September 1994.

Battaglia joined NBC in November 1997 as director of communications for MSNBC. She had previously worked at IBM as corporate manager for industry consultant relations.

Shields signed on with NBC in July 1997 as director of NBC News media relations for “Dateline,” overseeing publicity efforts for the top-rated newsmag’s expansion to five nights. Previously, he had served as director of communications for MacNeil/Lehrer Prods. and director of public affairs for American Express.

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