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“Bob Wright is one of the brightest guys I’ve ever met,” says Andy Fisher, president of Cox TV. “He’s engaging, thoughtful, with tremendous energy. He excels at challenging conventional wisdom. He’

Nov 12, 2001  •  Post A Comment

“Bob Wright is one of the brightest guys I’ve ever met,” says Andy Fisher, president of Cox TV. “He’s engaging, thoughtful, with tremendous energy. He excels at challenging conventional wisdom. He’s not only willing to take a fresh look at the way things are done, he expects people to do that.”
What is truly amazing is that Mr. Wright has just celebrated his 15th anniversary leading NBC. A survivor he is. In April 1993, the Los Angeles Times ran a devastatingly critical 2,000-word piece about Mr. Wright with the headline: “The Humbled Peacock NBC Network Struggles for Hits: President Robert Wright has steamrolled change but gets blamed for a ratings debacle.” From Mr. Wright’s perspective, the article went downhill from there. A lesser executive would have been out by the end of that year.
There are those who claim Mr. Wright is combative, Mr. Fisher notes. “But you can’t argue with leadership and results. Bob has supervised the construction of one heck of a strong company.” Added another fan at a rival network: “I wish we had 10 Bob Wrights here.”