NBC News announced today that it has named a new chief global correspondent. The news division said in a press release that it has hired veteran journalist Bill Neely, who will be based in London.
Neely has been international editor for Britain’s ITV News since 2002, appearing regularly on NBC News through its partnership with ITN. He will rejoin his former ITN boss, Deborah Turness, who is president of NBC News. Turness made the announcement.
In a memo to staffers, Turness said: “Bill is one of the greatest television journalists of this generation. He embodies a unique combination of high-end analysis, hunger to win, and superior story-telling skills. Quite simply, Bill is the kind of journalist who competitors don’t want to see turn up on a story, and I’m delighted that from now on he will be on our team. He complements NBC News’ already stellar lineup of world-class correspondents whose talents, experience, and dedication make me proud each and every day.”
Neely commented: “After almost 25 five wonderful years at ITN during which I’ve been privileged to cover so many of the biggest stories of our time, I’m thrilled to be joining NBC as their Chief Global Correspondent. Every change is a challenge, but broadcasting to a new audience at a great American network has to be one of the best challenges — and opportunities — any journalist could be offered.”