Heads of NBC News, Viacom and MSNBC Will Be Under a Lot of Pressure in 2015, NY Times Columnist Says

Dec 29, 2014  •  Post A Comment

NBC News President Deborah Turness, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman, and MSNBC President Phil Griffin are three media executives “who have much to worry about” in 2015, according to David Carr, who writes The Media Equation column in The New York Times.

Of Turness, Carr writes that she is “coming off a big stumble” with the firing of executive Jamie Horowitz after only 10 weeks and the “inelegant dismissal of David Gregory from ‘Meet the Press.’

About Dauman, Carr says “As head of Viacom, Mr. Dauman makes serious coin — $37.2 million in salary, stock and options last year — which is swell for him, but with big money comes significant expectations. Viacom’s once-storied collection of channels now looks more like stuff you’d find in the bargain bin.”

And Carr is no kinder to MSNBC chief Phil Griffin: “It’s been said that television news is a business where elections, in the form of ratings, are held every night, and by that measure, MSNBC is losing its base. Eventually, attention will focus on both the overall approach and the leader of the ticket.”

To read what other media executives Carr says will be on the hot seat for 2015, and why, please click on the link in our first paragraph, above, to get to his original article

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