/// Steve Capus Out at NBC News

February 1, 2013  |  Media Week

NBC News president Steve Capus on Friday announced that he is leaving the network. In a memo issued to staffers, Capus said that while it is “an extremely difficult decision to walk away from [NBC News],” it was “time to head in a new direction.” A 20-year NBC News veteran, Capus has served as the head of the division since November 2005. His tenure literally began on a stormy note, as he took the reins from longtime president Neal Shapiro during the week after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast. “Jeff Zucker asked me to take over the leadership of NBC News…and I soon found myself in a helicopter with [former NBCU chairman] Bob Wright flying over the flooded Ninth Ward as people were still being plucked off their rooftops,” Capus recalled in his farewell memo. “I left New Orleans with an even deeper appreciation for what [the] field crews consider ‘just another day in the office.’” Capus was initially tapped as an interim successor to Shapiro, who was at the helm during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and throughout the first 30 months of the Iraq War. Before he became Shapiro’s No. 2, Capus was a longtime producer for NBC News star anchor Brian Williams. With Zucker in charge at CNN, it’s not outside the realm of possibility that Capus may soon be reunited with his former boss. Just weeks into his term as CNN’s top banana, Zucker has already begun making significant changes , dumping the likes of Mark Whitaker and the James Carville-Mary Matalin duo. At any rate, Capus’ influence over the NBC’s news operations had been much diminished in the past several months, after NBCU chairman Steve Burke last June appointed Pat Fili-Krushel to steer a newly created division encompassing NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC. At the time, much was made of Capus’ signing a contract extension; as it turns out, the agreement amounted to little more than an exit package.

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