Could NBC be sending Deborah Turness packing?
Page Six dishes in their almost daily NBC rumor that the Peacock is looking at Josh Tyrangiel, the chief content officer at Bloomberg Media to replace Turness as president of NBC News.
The Bloomberg Businessweek editor since 2009 was given responsibility for digital, TV and radio last August. “They love him. He is their golden boy,” an executive at a rival media company said.
Sources speculate that Turness is on the chopping block. She was imported from Britain in August 2013 when Comcast announced it was buying NBC from GE, but formerly top-rated shows “Today” and “Meet the Press” are mired in the ratings, and “NBC Nightly News” is barely beating “ABC’s World News Tonight.”
Another candidate is Jamie Horowitz, who was poached from ESPN last May to run “Today.”
“Horowitz is the insider that NBC folks think has the inside shot at replacing her. He’s been kissing up to the Comcast brass with some effect,” said a second source.
An NBC spokesman told me there is no truth to reports of Turness’ impending replacement. “Deborah is not going anywhere. She’s just getting started. She has the full support of NBCU brass all the way to the top.”