The Hollywood Reporter Names 2013's 35 Most Powerful People in Media
This story first appeared in the April 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Fili-Krushel's portfolio -- NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC -- is the largest aggregate news audience anywhere in the U.S, reaching 120 million viewers a month. That's a lot of influence.
CEO Steve Burke brought the 59-year-old married mother of two college-age children to NBCUniversal when Comcast assumed control of the company in 2011, and last July, he put her in charge of news assets with the mandate to break down longtime silos and promote more synergy among NBC News, CNBC and MSNBC.
Today Fili-Krushel spends at least one day a month at CNBC's Englewood Cliffs, N.J., campus and is in the midst of finding a new president for NBC News. "I'm casting a wide net," she says. The first order of business for that person -- who will likely be picked from the outside -- will be to get the Today show on solid footing after a bruising series of reports about Matt Lauer's role in the messy transition from Ann Curry to Savannah Guthrie.
"There's been a lot of noise," concedes Fili-Krushel. "But I do not think it affects viewership. I think we're moving in the right direction."
HAPPIEST MOMENT: "The call we got from Richard Engel [the NBC News correspondent kidnapped in Syria in December 2012] when he and his team were safe."