Wright Wants A “News Czar” Without “Extensive Direct News” Experience

By Brian 

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Newsweek says NBC has reached out to (at least?) three media bigwigs (see above). The magazine says Susan Lyne, CEO of Martha Stewart Omnimedia, would “only be interested in one of the company’s most senior positions,” i.e. Jeff Zucker‘s.

Patricia Fili-Krushel, “a top Time Warner executive,” and Mark Shapiro, “ESPN’s wunderkind programmer,” are “being pursued for a slot closer to the job currently held by NBC News president Neil Shapiro.” As we know, Shapiro seems to be on the way out.

Here’s an interesting Newsweek graf: “Sources close to the situation say the upheaval in the news business is precisely why Wright is seeking a candidate lacking extensive direct experience in news to fill the news-czar post. And that’s why ESPN’s Shapiro and Time Warner’s Fili-Krushel were among his top choices.” More…