Wallace Takes Reins of ‘NBC Nightly News’

Mar 5, 2007  •  Post A Comment

The day-to-day reins of “NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams” are in the hands of Alex Wallace, the NBC News VP charged with oversight of the newscast since January 2006.

Ms. Wallace was named “Nightly” executive producer Monday morning by NBC News President Steve Capus. The move is effective immediately. She succeeds John Reiss, whose fate finally was sealed last week after months of seeing the newscast’s lead whittled away by ABC’s “World News With Charles Gibson.”

Ms. Wallace also remains the VP in charge of special reports and newsgathering.

“Alex has been an invaluable contributor to ‘Nightly’ and to the division as a whole since the day she arrived at NBC News,” Mr. Capus said. “Giving her direct day-to-day responsibility of our flagship broadcast makes sense in every way.”

A six-time Emmy winner, she was a veteran of CBS News’ London bureau, “CBS Evening News,” “48 Hours,” and “The Early Show” when she joined NBC in March 2005 as executive producer of “Weekend Today” and senior producer of “Today.”

Ms. Wallace is the first woman to executive produce a network flagship newscast since Emily Rooney broke the barrier with what proved to be a doomed stint in the mid-1990s as the late Peter Jennings’ executive producer of ABC’s “World News Tonight.”

“Nightly” has lost nearly a half million viewers, while “World News” has gained a half million viewers to bring the ABC newscast within shooting distance.

“World News” beat “Nightly” in the 25-to-54 demographic for all four weeks of the February sweeps ratings period.

(Editor: Baumann)