Word has leaked out that NBC is poised to name Deborah Turness, the editor of the United Kingdom's ITV News, as its new NBC News president. In this role, she will serve as the chief of the television news division across NBC programming.
No official announcement has been made, but it seems like a done deal. She will be replacing Steve Capus, who resigned from the position in February of this year. Capus served in the role for seven-and-a-half years before unexpectedly resigning.
Turness has served at ITV News since 2004. She received the position over a variety of in-house candidates. The rumored front runner was Alex Wallace, the NBC senior vice president of the news division, who oversees The Today Show and Rock Center with Brian Williams.
Earlier this year, however, NBC News Group chairman Pat Fili-Krushel said that the network was looking outside its doors and that she was "casting a wide net."
NBC has not commented on Turness' hiring yet. An announcement is expected soon.
NBC is said to be refocusing its efforts on the division and trying to solidify it as a strength at the struggling network.
To any of our British readers, what do you think of ITV News? Is this a good hire?