NBC is shaking things up a bit in its executive ranks in an adjustment to oversight of late-night. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network is adding to NBC Broadcasting Chairman Ted Harbert’s responsibilities, giving him oversight of NBC’s late-night programming.
Late-night, however, will still report to current reality and late-night boss Paul Telegdy, while Harbert reports directly to NBCUniversal Chairman Steve Burke. Telegdy, who’s based in Burbank, reports to NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt.
"Harbert’s role is said to involve daily oversight of ‘The Tonight Show’ and ‘Late Night,’ both of which are expected to tape in New York beginning next spring," the story says.
NBC wasn’t commenting on the moves, the piece notes.
The report adds: “According to an informed source, Telegdy — whose title is president, alternative and late-night programming — recently flew to New York to lobby for continued sole oversight of the late-night schedule. But with all of that programming now originating in New York, Harbert clearly will be a major player in his expanded role.”
Harbert has reportedly been wanting for some time to expand his responsibilities.
“According to sources, Telegdy had opposed the decision to shift Jay Leno out of his ‘Tonight’ perch,” the story reports. “They also say that it was Harbert, rather than Telegdy, who initially was tasked with effecting the transition to Jimmy Fallon, though ultimately it was Burke who flew to Los Angeles in March to convince Leno that the time had come for change.”