As Andrew Lack officially returns today as chairman of NBC News, some insiders are predicting he will “clean house,” the New York Post reports.
Lack, the former president and chief operating officer of NBC, now oversees both NBC News and MSNBC.
“He faces the unenviable task of cleaning up the lingering mess over Brian Williams’ suspension at ‘Nightly News,’ tackling MSNBC’s disastrous ratings, plus how to get the flagship ‘Today’ back on top, and to maneuver ‘Meet the Press’ out of third place in the Sunday current affairs shows,” the Post notes.
The report cites an insider saying, “Lack is going to clean house.” Some sources are hinting that the jobs of both NBC News President Deborah Turness and MSNBC President Phil Griffin may be on the line. “However, other reports have suggested that Turness and Griffin have developed a good relationship with Lack well before he took over the big job at NBC News,” the Post adds.
Lack and Williams have a well-established friendly track record, with Lack reportedly having helped groom Williams for his anchor’s job on “Nightly News,” as we’ve reported before. But the Post cites speculation that Williams may not return to the post following his six-month suspension.