NBC News is bringing in some high-powered help for its sputtering "Today" franchise. TVNewser reports that the division has hired ESPN executive Jamie Horowitz as the show's new senior VP and general manager.
His current contract with ESPN won't allow him to step into the job until later this year, the report notes.
"Horowitz, who will report to NBC News President Deborah Turness, will lead the four hours of 'Today' on all platforms. Executive producer Don Nash, 'Weekend Today' EP Dee Dee Thomas, and Jen Brown, the GM of Today.com, will report to Horowitz," the story reports.
Horowitz is currently VP of Original Programming and Production for ESPN.
"He has overseen the launch of Keith Olbermann‘s ESPN2 show as well as 'First Take,' 'Numbers Never Lie,' and 'SportsNation.'" the piece notes. "Before joining ESPN in 2006, Horowitz worked at NBC Sports. He began his career as an NBC Olympics Researcher for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney."
In a release announcing the move, Horowitz said: “I am honored to join Deborah’s team and help guide ‘Today’ into the future. This is an exciting and invigorating opportunity, and I am humbled to work with one of the most indelible brands in television. I am also grateful to John Skipper and ESPN for the opportunities and support they have given me over the past eight years.”
"Today" was the dominant morning news program before recently falling behind ABC's "Good Morning America" in the ratings.