NBC Universal has named John Wallace president of its 10 English-language owned stations, filling part of the job held by Jay Ireland, who left NBC U in June to head GE Asset Management.
Wallace is an operations exec, known for his upgrades of NBC facilities that allowed “Today” and “Saturday Night Live” to broadcast in high definition. He started at the net as a page nearly two decades ago.
“He has been here for nearly 20 years, much of that in our television stations division. He knows this company inside and out,” said CEO Jeff Zucker.
Ireland also managed the Telemundo stations and network operations, and sources close to NBC expect chief financial officer Lynn Calpeter, another veteran of the stations group, to be tapped for that role. NBC declined to comment.
Prior to his promotion, Wallace was exec VP of television operations and production services and helped plan and execute NBC’s high-def broadcast of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.
He has held numerous positions within the stations group, including senior VP, broadcast operations, and also worked as a local sales manager at NBC-owned WCAU Philadelphia.