NBC has upped news head Andrew Lack to president and chief operating officer,
it was announced Tuesday by Bob Wright, who will become chairman and CEO.
Wright will continue to hold his posts as vice chairman and executive officer
of NBC parent General Electric Co.
In his new post, Lack -- who became president of NBC News in April 1993 and
who will continue to oversee that unit -- will also be responsible for NBC
Cable, MSNBC, CNBC, NBC Entertainment, NBC Stations, operations, sales and
affiliate relations, effective June 4. Lack will also become a member of GE's
corporate executive council.
Lack will report to Wright, who will maintain responsibility for NBC Sports
and Olympic Games, CNBC International and all of NBC's staff operations.
'I'm so pleased to have Andy as my partner in running NBC. He's an astute
manager and has a keen programming sense,' Wright said in a prepared statement.
'Thanks to Andy and his team, we're No. 1 in news across the board, and that's a
very important component of our overall success. I'm confident that he will
bring that expertise to all of the divisions in the company. He's energetic and
inspired, and he's going to make a terrific president and COO.'
Wright added, 'I will continue to be extremely involved at NBC. I'm about to
celebrate my 15th anniversary as head of the network, and I care deeply about
the company and its continued success.'
'This is a wonderful honor for me, and I am thrilled to take on this new
role. We've got a powerful and savvy team in place -- Scott Sassa, Randy Falco,
Jay Ireland, Bill Bolster, John Eck, David Zaslav and Jeff Zucker -- and all of
the other strong division leaders at NBC,' Lack said in a prepared
'There are enormous challenges and opportunities for all of us,' he added.
'I'm looking forward to working side-by-side with this great group. Together, we
can determine the smartest ways to move ahead on all fronts.'
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