McCormick standards czar at NBC

NBC News named 20-year network veteran David McCormick senior producer of broadcast standards yesterday as part of the fallout from General Motors’ complaints against the web.

McCormick’s role is simple: He will have final approval of all NBC News investigative pieces.

McCormick’s appointment is the latest in a series of events stemming from a November “Dateline NBC” in which the network rigged tests of General Motors trucks to ensure an explosion would occur while the cameras were rolling.

GM found out about the test rigging through a tip from the editor of a monthly auto magazine. The company filed a lawsuit charging NBC with defamation. GM dropped the suit after NBC offered an on-air apology and $ 2 million for legal expenses.

McCormick has held a series of positions within the news department during his two decades there. Most recently, he produced investigative pieces with Garrick Utley. He also has been bureau chief in London and Frankfurt.

NBC News president Michael Gartner recently hired outside counsel to help with an internal investigation of the incident.