“NBC News finds itself in the unfortunate position of preparing to cover a splashy book that is expected to be packed with jaw-dropping allegations — about NBC News,” The New York Post’s Page Six reports. The report notes that the book, Ronan Farrow’s “Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators,” hits the shelves Oct. 15.
The Post reports that the book is “expected to delve into ousted anchor Matt Lauer’s relationships with younger staffers, as well as the network’s alleged decision not to complete Farrow’s investigation into Harvey Weinstein.”
The report cites insiders at NBC saying executives have been holding “high-level discussions” to strategize about how to handle any fallout from the book.
“While sources say that network brass believe the worst of the allegations about Farrow’s Weinstein story — which won a Pulitzer and helped to bring down the disgraced mogul — have already come out, we’re told that there’s serious anxiety at the network about what the book says about Lauer’s philandering,” The Post reports.
At least one NBC insider downplayed any potential impact from Lauer revelations, noting that Lauer’s 2017 firing from his longtime job at “Today” was covered extensively by “Today” and other NBC News programs.
“We don’t need ‘high-level discussions,’ because it’s simple: If there’s more on this story that is newsworthy and warrants coverage, we’ll report on it again,” said the insider.