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Deborah Turness Named President of NBC News
After just over a week of rumours circulating circulating that ITV News editor Deborah Turness was on the verge of being named president of NBC News, Pat Fili-Krushel made it official that Turness will take the reins in August.
Turness becomes the first woman to run a network news organization in the U.S. She replaces Steve Capus, who stepped down in February and will report to Fili-Krushel.
In Turness, NBC has landed a leader with considerable hands-on experience. A 25-year ITV veteran, she's overseen its newscasts as editor for the last decade. ITV boasts the second-largest TV news audience in the U.K., trailing only BBC News.
"Deborah has built an outstanding reputation as both a journalist and business executive with a proven track record for innovation and collaboration," Fili-Krushel said, by way of announcing Turness' appointment. "She is a leader with a global perspective, who is also very familiar with NBC News, having worked closely with us through our partnership with ITN. Her passion for the news business, combined with her creativity and vision, will be a tremendous asset to NBC News, and I’m very pleased to welcome her to the team."
Turness arrives as NBC News faces ratings pressure on nearly all fronts. Not only has the Today show lost its stranglehold over morning news to ABC's Good Morning America, but also the Sunday morning public affairs program Meet the Press with David Gregory has lost ground to CBS News’ Face the Nation with Bob Scheiffer.
The 45-year-old executive will stay on at ITV to help recruit her replacement. Turness' official start date at NBC is Aug. 5.
"It is quite simply the greatest imaginable honor to be named as the next president of NBC News," Turness said. "I am hugely excited by the opportunities that lie ahead and look forward to working with the talented journalists and technicians who make it one of the great global news operations."
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