Andrew Lack, the veteran TV-news executive who is widely expected to take a senior role overseeing the news operations of NBCUniversal, has left his current job, another sign that talks between the journalism honcho and the media company are coming to fruition.
“Andrew Lack was a strong choice to serve as the BBG’s first CEO and director. He has a passion for our work, appreciation for our history and understanding of the importance of our mission,” the organization said in a prepared statement.
As first reported by Variety, Lack has been in talks to take a senior role at NBCUniversal. He is expected to take the reins of a unit that comprises NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC, according to people familiar with the matter. Pat Fili-Krushel, a veteran media-industry executive who has held top roles at Time Warner and Walt Disney and is currently chairman of NBCUniversal News Group, is expected to take another role within the company. NBC News president Deborah Turness is widely expected to stay in her current role, according to one of these people.
His mission will be multifaceted: NBC News’ image has suffered in the wake of disclosures that “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams falsified accounts of a 2003 reporting trip to Iraq. NBC News has also made a few breaking-news gaffes in recent months. And ratings at MSNBC and CNBC have been in decline.