Telemundo Chief Browne to Retire

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After putting in more than 30 years at NBC, Telemundo president Don Browne is retiring in June. Browne will celebrate his 68th birthday next month.

Effective June 3, Browne will step down from his leadership role at the Spanish-language network, a post he has held since 2005.

Browne is responsible for all business and programming functions at Telemundo, spearheading its original series development, managing sports and news operations, and overseeing the youth-targeted cable network mun2.

A successor will be named “in the coming months,” Telemundo said.

In a departure from the boilerplate that can usually be found in this kind of network announcement, Browne was not quoted in the official NBCUniversal press release. That said, Telemundo’s new bosses were given an opportunity to wax nostalgic on Browne’s tenure at NBC.

“Don Browne has had an outstanding career as a broadcaster and executive,” said NBCU CEO Steve Burke, in announcing Browne’s impending departure. “Under his leadership [Telemundo] has become an extremely exciting part of our portfolio. We are grateful for what he has accomplished and wish him all the best on a well-deserved retirement.”

NBCU also credited Browne with “playing a key role” in the 2001 acquisition of Telemundo. 

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