As the clock ticks down until NBC U chairman Bob Wright announces his exit — and presumably TV chief Jeff Zucker takes over — speculation is mounting over how a slimmed-down 2.0 TV group might be restructured.
The recent departures of NBC U TV honchos Randy Falco (who’s already gone) and David Zaslav (who will leave in the coming weeks have revved up the Peacock rumor mill. That’s partly because Falco and Zaslav, a pair who were a force in the distribution trenches, won’t be replaced.
Fueling the guesswork about a realignment of those areas, the net spent most of last week denying published reports that Jeff Gaspin — president of NBC U Cable Entertain-ment, digital content and cross-network strategy — was in line for an uber-role overseeing all TV pro-gramming.
By the end of the week, the probability was higher that Gaspin would take on departments that formerly reported into Zaslav.
But beyond that, NBC U isn’t planning to announce bigtime shifts for key execs anytime soon. Other players such as Bonnie Hammer and Lauren Zalaznick may be poised for bigger cable things, but changes aren’t imminent.
The conglom’s focus this week will center on the mid-level execs who will assume more responsibili-ties in the wake of Falco’s and Zaslav’s departures. The conglom may also try to remove some corporate layers or simplify its opera-tions, particularly as new media and technologies bring rapid change to the biz.
As for where NBC U’s key players will fall once Zucker is in command, it’s still anyone’s guess.