NBC Realigns Its Executive Team

NEW YORK NBC chairman and chief executive Bob Wright today made three major leadership changes, according to the company.

NBC entertainment president Jeff Zucker has been been named to the newly created position of president of the entertainment, news and cable group. Zucker will continue to oversee NBC Entertainment, Bravo and Telemundo’s primetime programming, but will now also assume responsibility for NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC.

Randy Falco, group president, NBC Television Network, will assume responsibility for the Telemundo Network in addition to his current role leading the company’s commercial, operational and business-development organizations.

Jay Ireland, president of the NBC Television stations division, will assume responsibility for the 15 owned-and-operated Telemundo stations, in addition to his current role leading the 14 NBC owned-and-operated stations.

“Our pending merger with Universal will make us a larger, more diversified media company and it is imperative that we position ourselves to achieve the best possible results. This organizational alignment will allow us to take full advantage of our leadership team’s experience and creativity,” said Wright in a statement.

In October, NBC parent General Electric and Vivendi Universal signed a definitive agreement to merge NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment (VUE). Under terms of the agreement, the newly named NBC Universal will be 80 percent owned by GE, with 20 percent held by the shareholders of Vivendi Universal Entertainment. The new company will be helmed by Wright and is expected to generate approximately $13 billion in annual revenue.