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‘Nightly News’ taps producer

Wald to continue with 'hard news' approach amid competish

NEW YORK — Jonathan Wald has been tapped executive producer of “NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw,” replacing David Doss, who ankled the post abruptly last month.

Wald has been interim exec producer since Doss’ departure. Wald had served as the flagship newscast’s senior broadcast producer since November 1998.

“Jonathan Wald has consistently demonstrated the excellent news judgment and strong production skills needed to lead ‘Nightly News,’ ” said Bill Wheatley, vice president of NBC News. “He’s the right person to build on the program’s proven record of quality and success.”

The Brokaw-led newscast has placed first among total viewers for 16 straight weeks and, in recent weeks, has put significant distance between itself and ABC’s second-place “World News Tonight With Peter Jennings.”

Hard-news game plan

“The first plan of attack is to do what I’ve already been doing,” said Wald. “The competition is incredibly fierce, but we will stick to our game plan, which is hard news.”

Wald, the son of veteran ABC News exec Richard Wald, joined “Nightly” in 1993 as a producer for then national correspondent Brian Williams, who later became Brokaw’s chief substitute and presumed heir.

Prior to joining “Nightly,” Wald was a news producer at WBZ Boston.

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