According to The New York Times, Deborah Turness is about to be named president of NBC News. Citing “people with knowledge of the situation,” the Times claims Turness’ appointment will likely be announced by Monday. Turness has been the editor of the UK’s ITV News since 2004.
If Turness gets the nod she’ll be making history by becoming the first female president of an American network news division. Pretty crazy, right? In NBC News’ 73 years of existence, all of its presidents have been men. Steve Capus, who stepped down in February, was the most recent one.
Turness’ colleagues have described her as “ferociously energetic and savvy,” which means after about six months at NBC News, there’ll be a hit piece filled with anonymous sources, complaining about her handling of the job.[Image: The Guardian]