NBC’s Shapiro Out the Door

nealshapiro567.jpgNBC News President Neal Shapiro has announced that he’ll be stepping down, ending months of speculation that his departure was imminent. Remember, this is a guy who couldn’t even go on vacation without people saying he wasn’t coming back.

Specifically, I wondered if I would find the next few years as personally fulfilling as the first four I have spent as the President of NBC News. I also found myself missing the opportunity for the kind of creativity I’ve had in previous jobs. Reflecting on all of this, I’ve concluded that it’s time to move on to a new challenge.

“I’ll be here until September 9th and it seems fitting to be spending my final days at work on one of the biggest stories of the year. For the past few months, I’ve been conferring with Jeff Zucker on all the promotions and announcements I have made and I am confident I leave behind an extremely capable and experienced team in the front office and on all our broadcasts,” he wrote today.

TVNewser has the full email and details.