Ted Harbert is already a big deal at NBC, as he is the network’s Broadcasting chairman. But that is not enough, especially with the huge upcoming Tonight Show move from California to the Big Apple next year. Now Harbert will add oversight on the day-to-day management of the network's late night offerings, while working (as is the plan at this moment) with Paul Telegdy, who currently overseas reality programing and is the network's late night chief.
Harbert reporters directly to Steve Burke, the NBCU chairman. Meanwhile, Telegdy, who lives in Burbank, reports to Bob Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment chairman. Greenblatt then answers to Burke. Under this move, Telegdy could lose some influence at the network - something he already realizes. He has traveled to New York recently to lobby for continued oversight on The Tonight Show and Late Night (which is also expected to tape in New York when all is said and done).
Telegdy was reportedly not in favor of replacing Jay Leno with Jimmy Fallon. Harbert reportedly pushed for the move, which ultimately led to Burke heading to California to tell Leno the decision face-to-face.
It really seems like a new night is dawning for NBC with these moves. Hopefully the network can spice up its offerings and use this as a catapult to improving the network as a whole.