What Can Browne Do for Telemundo?

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Telemundo Network Group LLC chief operating officer Don Browne has been elevated to president, and he will succeed Jim McNamara, whose contract as CEO is expiring.

Browne will assume day-to-day responsibility for the entire Telemundo Network Group, including operations and programming across its broadcast, cable and studio businesses, effective April 8, said Randy Falco, president of NBC Universal Television Networks Group, to whom Browne will report.

Serving as COO since May 2003, Browne was part of the initial launch of Telemundo Network News in 1987 and a key member of the NBC team involved in the purchase of the Telemundo network.

"Don Browne will make a seamless transition to the role of president," Falco said in a prepared statement. "Not only is he an experienced and skilled broadcast executive who played a vital role in our acquisition of Telemundo and its tremendous success the past 22 months, but he has been deeply involved in the Hispanic community for almost 20 years. His relationships and leadership skills will enable him to drive continued growth at Telemundo.”

McNamara stepped down to pursue outside production opportunities.

"Jim did a remarkable job leading Telemundo through a period of impressive growth," Falco added. "For some time, he has been interested in pursuing outside creative opportunities. We wish Jim all the best and hope to find ways to partner with Jim on some of his new ventures."

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