NBC News President Deborah Turness ruffled feathers and reportedly “had to apologize after infuriating top execs and talent” when she told The New York Times the news unit “had gone to sleep,” reports the New York Post.
Turness made the comments in a Sunday article, where she told The Times’ Bill Carter, “People in the organization from top to bottom recognized that NBC News hadn’t kept up with the times in all sorts of ways, for maybe 15 years.”
She added, “I think the organization had gone to sleep.”
The Post reports that Tom Brokaw, the anchor and managing editor of NBC’s “Nightly News” from 1982 until 2004, as well as Turness’ predecessor Steve Capus and CNN chief Jeff Zucker, a former top NBC executive, were upset about the comment.
Turness was reportedly “forced to send out apologetic e-mails to staff addressing her comment,” the Post notes.
Representatives for NBC, Capus, and Zucker didn’t respond to requests for comment, the publication adds.