Andrew Lack Is Out as the Head of NBC News After a Stormy Tenure
NBC Universal announced on Monday that Andrew Lack, the NBC News chairman since 2015, would leave the company by the end of the month.
The announcement brings to a close Mr. Lack’s tumultuous tenure at the helm of NBC News, during which he oversaw a turnaround in marquee properties like the cable channel MSNBC while grappling with a cascading series of controversies, including the toppling of the star anchor Matt Lauer in a sexual harassment scandal and questions over the network’s coverage of Harvey Weinstein.
Mr. Conde, a young executive in the NBCUniversal family, has impressed NBC Universal chief executive Jeff Shell with his stewardship of Telemundo, the Spanish-language network that has made strides under his leadership in catching up with its chief rival, Univision.
The company said that NBC News president Noah Oppenheim and MSNBC president Phil Griffin will both report to Mr. Conde.
Rachel Maddow, the MSNBC anchor, was among those at the news division who were publicly critical of Mr. Lack and the NBC News leadership team during his time at the network.
Mr. Lack’s departure came as part of a broader corporate changes at NBCUniversal. NBC said on Monday that, in addition to the changes in the news division, Mark Lazarus would take charge of the company’s entertainment properties, as well as its new streaming service Peacock.
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