NBC News Looks Across The Pond For President Candidates

By Alex Weprin 

NBC News is casting a wide net in the search for its new president. A few weeks ago, TVNewser heard that NBC was eyeing some potential candidates from England, and now we have some names, courtesy of the LA TimesJoe Flint.

One of the leading candidates, according to Flint, is ITV’s chief news executive Deborah Turness. Turness, 46, took over ITV’s news division in 2004, keeping it competitive with the revered and well-funded BBC.


NBC also has a relationship with ITV, sharing content and correspondents in places like Central Africa.

Flint also floats a few other names, including CBS News president David Rhodes (not available), former ABC News executive Jon Banner (not interested), as well as Sky News exec Sarah Whitehead and Channel 4’s Jay Hunt.

In interviews since taking over the NBC News Group, Fili-Krushel has made it clear that she wants to add more women to its executive ranks, and that she will primarily be looking outside of NBC News for a replacement to Steve  Capus. Turness is not burdened by any of the legacy ways of doing things at the U.S. news outlets, and she is young, making her a compelling choice, if she is indeed the pick.