It's Official: NBC News Names Turness PresidentFormer ITV News Head Tasked with Revitalizing News Division 5/20/2013 6:50 AM Eastern
As expected, NBC News on Monday officially named Deborah Turness president, beginning Aug. 5.
Turness, formerly the editor of the U.K.'s ITV News, fills the position vacated by Steve Capus, who left in February. With the appointment, she becomes the first female network news division president in the U.S.
Turness has led ITV News since 2004, and worked at Britain's ITN for 25 years. NBC News and ITV have had a content-sharing agreement since 2011, allowing them to share correspondents and resources in Africa and the Middle East.
Turness will be charged with revitalizing NBC's news division, which has been languishing of late, most notably with Today. The morning program has been stuck behind ABC's Good Morning America for more than a year and undergone several changes in front of and behind the cameras. Sunday morning public affairs show Meet the Press has also fallen behind CBS' Face the Nation. Nightly News with Brian Williams remains in first place, but Williams' primetime newsmagazine Rock Center was recently canceled after multiple schedule changes and low ratings.
"It is quite simply the greatest imaginable honor to be named as the next president of NBC News," said Turness. "I am hugely excited by the opportunities that lie ahead and look forward to working with the talented journalists and technicians who make it one of the great global news operations."
She will report to Pat Fili-Krushel, chairman of NBCUniversal News Group, rounding out the leadership team that includes CNBC president Mark Hoffman and MSNBC president Phil Griffin.
"Deborah has built an outstanding reputation as both a journalist and business executive with a proven track record for innovation and collaboration," said Fili-Krushel. "She is a leader with a global perspective, who is also very familiar with NBC News, having worked closely with us through our partnership with ITN. Her passion for the news business, combined with her creativity and vision, will be a tremendous asset to NBC News, and I'm very pleased to welcome her to the team."