Indications are that Megyn Kelly may launch her NBC career with a news-breaking interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The New York Post’s Page Six reports that NBC News Chairman Andy Lack has been in Russia this week, trying to land a Putin interview for the network.
“The big question is, if Lack succeeds, will the ‘biggest get on the planet’ go to Kelly to debut her Sunday night news magazine show? Or would ‘Today’s’ Matt Lauer or ‘Nightly News’’ Lester Holt pull rank and steal the scoop?,” The Post asks, citing insiders at the network saying it’s not yet known which direction the interview might fall.
The report quotes an NBC insider saying: “Andy Lack has been in Russia having meetings to land an interview with Putin.” The source adds that Lack was looking to arrange a meeting with Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesman.
“The source continued that Lack’s Russia trip was on the back of a tour of NBC’s European bureaus and meetings in Lyon, France, with Euronews — a television network that NBC announced it had acquired a 25 percent stake of in February — amid hopes it will compete with CNN,” The Post adds.
As we reported in February, Euronews reaches 277 million households across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
The Post report notes: “Given the FBI investigation into possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia, plus the crisis in Syria, a hard-hitting news interview with Putin could run across all NBC and Euronews platforms, exposing Kelly to an international audience.”