Chairman of NBCU Broadcasting Exits the Company

Sep 15, 2016  •  Post A Comment

One of the top executives at NBCUniversal is leaving the company, with his duties to be divided up among multiple executives. TVNewsCheck reports that NBCU Broadcasting Chairman Ted Harbert, a 40-year veteran of the television industry, is exiting.

News of Harbert’s departure broke in an open memo circulated today by NBCU CEO Steve Burke.

“The businesses Ted oversees are firing on all cylinders and he is ready to look for his next challenge outside of NBCUniversal,” Burke wrote in the memo. “Ted has had a great 40-year career in television and has played a significant role at Comcast and NBCUniversal since he joined E! in 2004.”

TVNewsCheck adds that with Harbert’s exit, “NBC Sports Group Chairman Mark Lazarus will get most of the duties. He will take over the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, headed by Valari Staab; affiliate relations, headed by Jean Dietze; NBC Affiliate Marketing, headed by Scot Chastain; NBC Network Operations, headed by Tina Silvestri, and broadcast standards, headed by Alan Wurtzel.”

Harbert’s position will not be filled, according to the memo.

TVNewsCheck adds: “George Cheeks, president of business operations and latenight programming, and Paul Telegdy president, alternative and reality group, will assume responsibility for NBC’s first-run syndication business, led by Valerie Schaer and Ed Swindler. Jeff Bader, president, program planning, strategy and research for NBC Entertainment, will be responsible for research run by Wurtzel.”

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