Morning Media Newsfeed: Lack’s Return to NBC News Official | FNC Hires Alveda King

Andy Lack named chairman of NBC News and MSNBC. Fox News hires Dr. Alveda King. These stories and more in today's Morning Media Newsfeed

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Andy Lack Named Chairman of NBC News, MSNBC (TVNewser)
Andy Lack is returning to NBC as chairman of NBC News and MSNBC. Current News Group chairman Pat Fili-Krushel will move upstairs at 30 Rock to work alongside NBCU CEO Steve Burke, who brought her to the network in 2011. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Fili-Krushel was made chairman of the NBC News Group in 2012, overseeing NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC. Lack, who was president of NBC News from 1993 to 2001 and created MSNBC in 1996, will only oversee those channels. CNBC president Mark Hoffman will report directly to Burke. Capital New York Lack, who also briefly served as NBC’s president from 2001-2003, subsequently left to take over Sony’s U.S. music business, and later to lead Bloomberg Media. After leaving Bloomberg last year, he joined the Broadcasting Board of Governors, a U.S.-backed agency which oversees Voice of America, Radio Free Europe and Radio and TV Marti. The BBG announced his departure Wednesday. HuffPost Lack rejoins NBC News during a period of scandal and uncertainty. In February, Nightly News anchor Brian Williams was suspended for six months after Stars And Stripes outed the anchor for fabricating details about his experience as a reporter during the Iraq War. As the network mulled Williams’ fate, Lack reportedly convinced Burke to leave open the possibility of the anchor’s return. New York Post / Page Six Katie Couric is reportedly angling for a return to NBC after the network announced that Lack, who helped make her a star at Today, is back in charge. Couric, the co-host of Today from 1991 to 2006, could make a return to the Peacock Network because of her continuing close friendship with Lack. Adweek Lack, as many have noted, took over the network the first time amid a much more damaging and disturbing scandal than the one currently plaguing Williams and his producers — the newsmagazine program Dateline faked footage of a car engulfed in flames for an investigative report on manufacturing defects at General Motors.

Fox News Channel Signs MLK’s Niece, Dr. Alveda King (TVNewser)
Fox News Channel has signed Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to a contributor role. King will be featured across FNC’s programming, offering social and cultural commentary. Mediaite Network chairman Roger Ailes added: “Alveda has brilliantly carried the legacy of the King family to the next generation and has been a source of inspiration for many Americans. Her passion and mission for social change will be a valuable contribution to our network.” King has made appearances on Fox News before. HuffPost King is a prominent anti-abortion activist and serves as director of African-American outreach at Priests for Life. She has also courted controversy by speaking out against LGBT rights, proclaiming in 1998 that “God hates homosexuality” and comparing gay marriage to genocide in a 2010 speech. THR Serving just one term in Georgia’s House of Representatives (between 1979 and 1981), King comes to the network with a résumé that includes status as a senior fellow at Howard Center for Family, and she belongs to the National Black Pro-Life Coalition (NBPC), the Coalition of African American Pastors and the Judeo-Christian Coalition for Constitutional Restoration. She’s received multiple awards for her activism and authored several books, including 2014 title King Rules: 10 Truths for You, Your Family, And Our Nation to Prosper.

Taxpayer Subsidy Allows Time Inc. to Slash Jobs (WNYC)
Time Inc., the publisher of Time, Sports Illustrated, People and many other magazines, is planning a move from Midtown to downtown Manhattan, with the help of public subsidies. The terms of the deal allow Time to cut close to one third of its jobs, with no penalty. Last year, Time was reported to be looking for a smaller headquarters in New Jersey. New York State responded by awarding the publisher a package of grants and tax breaks worth $10 million to stay in New York. Mediaite In return, Time would invest $150 million in a lower Manhattan revitalization program, thanks to, according to a spokesman, an “attractive lease” in a building where “its main headquarters will be located for many years to come.” But the terms of the project, revealed in documents obtained by WNYC, allow Time to slash its workforce to 2,000 employees, and according to its filing, Time currently employs 2,917 people. New York Post The 2,000 employee level “doesn’t mean we plan to cut that many,” said a spokesman. “It is designed to be the floor to give us flexibility. The alternative was to take all those jobs and move them all to New Jersey.”