NBC Universal has announced it is hiring for more than 130 positions across the 10 Owned & Operated stations. “People will always need local news and information. How they get it will change,” says Valari Staab, president of the NBC Owned Television Stations group. “Television has shown it’s done nothing but increase, not decline, with what’s happening with the Internet.”
Ahead of Comcast’s acquisition of NBCU earlier this year, the companies met with the FCC to explain thei commitment to local news. In part, the company agreed to, “maintain at least the current level of news and information programming on NBC’s and Telemundo’s owned-and-operated (“O&O”) broadcast stations, and in some cases expand news and other local content.”
Staab, who was named president of the NBC Owned Television Stations group in April, announced what the expansion means:
> Related: FishbowlNY reports NBCU’s Telemundo station in New York is also expanding local news.