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Peacock taps Lack for prexy

Exec becomes Wright's heir apparent

NEW YORK — NBC early Tuesday named news topper Andrew Lack as its new prexy-chief operating officer, effective June 4.

Current prexy Bob Wright will become chairman and CEO of the Peacock and continue to serve as vice chairman of NBC parent General Electric.

Lack’s expanded role will include overseeing NBC Entertainment, NBC News, cable nets MSNBC and CNBC and the NBC TV station group, as well as operations, sales, affiliate relations and NBC Cable.

Lack will report to Wright, who will maintain responsibility for sports and Olympics, CNBC International and all of NBC’s staff operations.

Lack will also become a member of GE’s corporate executive council.

His successor in the news division will be named in the next few days.

Lack has been prexy of NBC News since 1993. Milestones of his tenure include the successful expansion of “Dateline NBC,” the introduction of NBC News’ “window-on-the-world” glass fronted studio in Rockefeller Center — home to top-rated “Today” — the ascension of “NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw” and the creation of MSNBC, the 24-hour cable news net in a joint venture with Microsoft.

Wright, now in his fourteenth year at the helm of NBC, is the longest-serving network head in history.

“I’m so pleased to have Andy as my partner in running NBC,” Wright said in a statement. “He’s an astute manager and has a keen programming sense. Thanks to Andy and his team, we’re number one in news across the board and that’s a very important component of our overall success.”