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‘NBC Nightly News’ Execs Promoted

Jun 6, 2005  •  Post A Comment

“NBC Nightly News” executive producer Steve Capus has been promoted to senior VP of the news division and John Reiss has been promoted from senior broadcast producer to executive producer of “Nightly.”

The announcements, which have been expected for some time, were made Monday by NBC News President Neal Shapiro.

Mr. Capus succeeds Bill Wheatley, whose retirement was to be toasted Monday night, as the No. 2 news executive. Mr Capus will serve as the executive in charge of “Nightly News,” and will have oversight of specials, newsgathering and breaking news. He will serve as the arbiter of issues involving ethics, style, standards, safety and other matters that affect the division’s journalistic bearing.

Mr. Reiss has been Mr. Capus’ No. 2 on “Nightly” for more than three years.

“John has been battle-tested in the newsroom and control room, and has proven to me and to our colleagues here at “Nightly News” that he is extremely deserving of this promotion,” said Brian Williams, “Nightly” anchor and managing editor.

Mr. Capus has been “Nightly” executive producer for four years. From 1997 to May 2001, he was executive producer of MSNBC’s signature prime-time newscast, “The News with Brian Williams.”

“In replacing Bill, Steve has enormous shoes to fill, but I have no doubt that in this position he will display all the same talents he has become known for at NBC News — his passion for the story, his unrelenting dedication to journalism and his skilled leadership style. We are lucky to have him in this new role, and I congratulate him on this well-deserved promotion.”