Morning Media Newsfeed: NBC News Looks to Lack | ABC’s Zeleny Jumps to CNN

NBC News in talks with Andrew Lack. Jeff Zeleny moves from ABC News to CNN. These stories and more in today's Morning Media Newsfeed

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NBC News Shakeup: Andrew Lack in Talks to Return in Top Role (Variety)
Former NBC News president Andrew Lack is in negotiations to return to a top post at NBCUniversal’s news division in a management shakeup following the debacle that led to the suspension of Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and other recent missteps. TVNewser Current NBC News president Deborah Turness is reportedly safe. THR Sources say Lack — who ran NBC News in the 1990s before being promoted to the top job at NBC — would replace Pat Fili-Krushel as the top executive in charge of NBC’s news assets, including NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC and their digital assets. Fili-Krushel, a loyal lieutenant of NBCUni CEO Steve Burke, is expected to move to a different role in the company. Mashable The Williams debacle was seen by some as the final straw for NBC’s news division. Other previous controversies — most notably Ann Curry’s tearful exit and David Gregory’s bungled removal — had already led to questions about the division’s leadership. In addition, NBC News has also struggled to maintain ratings for its major programs, including Nightly News, Meet The Press and Today. MSNBC’s ratings have also suffered. NYT Lack was president of NBC News from 1993 until 2001. He later worked as chief executive of Sony Music Entertainment and chairman of Bloomberg Media Group. He left that post in September and most recently worked as chief executive of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, an independent federal agency that oversees international networks such as Voice of America and Radio Free Europe.

ABC’s Jeff Zeleny Moving to CNN (Politico)
Jeff Zeleny, ABC News senior Washington correspondent, will join CNN’s Washington bureau and political unit as CNN senior Washington correspondent next Monday to cover the 2016 presidential race for both television and digital, according to industry sources. TVNewser Zeleny joined ABC News from The New York Times in March 2013. His journalism career began at the Des Moines Register, continuing at the Chicago Tribune. FishbowlDC Zeleny joins a growing list of ABC News staffers that have jumped ship to CNN, including Jake Tapper, Bill Weir, Jim Sciutto and John Berman, and executives Amy Entelis and Andrew Morse. Variety At the Times, Zeleny was the paper’s lead reporter during the 2012 presidential election and covered Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign to the White House. Zeleny also covered the first two years of the Obama administration as a White House correspondent, traveling across the country and the world. He also covered Congress for the paper. At ABC News, he reported extensively on the 2014 midterm elections and the Republican Party as it gained control of the U.S. Senate. He also reported from Ferguson, Mo., covering the protests in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting.

NBCU Plans Subscription Comedy Video Service (WSJ)
Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal is aiming to launch a comedy-focused subscription Web video service later this year, people familiar with the plans say, signaling the company’s growing interest in reaching young viewers online as its traditional cable-TV business stagnates. THR The over-the-top service, which is still in the early stages of development, will feature episodes of NBC shows including The Tonight Show and Saturday Night Live. The company is also said to be planning to invest in original programming and exclusive content for the service. Variety NBCU is mulling a price in the ballpark of $2.50 to $3.50 per month for the comedy SVOD service. NBCU’s subscription-streaming strategy is being run by Evan Shapiro, who joined the company in December as exec VP of digital enterprises. Shapiro, who previously headed Participant Media’s Pivot cable channel and was president of IFC and Sundance Channel, was hired to develop direct-to-consumer distribution models, according to NBCU. Deadline It’s unclear how the comedy service would affect NBC’s existing arrangements, including ones that put recent SNL episodes on Hulu and the show’s library on Yahoo!. Clips from Tonight often run on YouTube, but NBC does not share revenue with the Google-owned service. Execs are working on windowing plans to give consumers an incentive to subscribe to the Web service, but not cut others off completely.