/// It’s Official: Deborah Turness Named President of NBC News

May 20, 2013  |  Media Week

A little more than a week after word began circulating that ITV News editor Deborah Turness was on the verge of being named president of NBC News, Pat Fili-Krushel made it official. The NBC News chair announced this morning that Turness will take the reins in August. “Deborah has built an outstanding reputation as both a journalist and business executive with a proven track record for innovation and collaboration,” Fili-Krushel said, by way of announcing Turness’ appointment. “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.” Turness becomes the first woman to run a network news organization in the U.S. She replaces Steve Capus , who stepped down in February. She will report to Fili-Krushel. In Turness, NBC has landed a leader with considerable hands-on experience. A 25-year ITV veteran, she’s overseen its newscasts as editor for the last decade. ITV boasts the second-largest TV news audience in the UK, trailing only BBC News. Turness arrives as NBC News faces ratings pressure on nearly all fronts. Not only has the Today show lost its stranglehold over morning news to ABC’s Good Morning America, but the Sunday morning public affairs program Meet the Press with David Gregory has lost ground to CBS News’ Face the Nation with Bob Scheiffer

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It’s Official: Deborah Turness Named President of NBC News

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