It's Official: Jeff Gaspin to Exit NBC Universal After Comcast Merger

4:53 PM PST 11/15/2010 by Kim Masters

In an e-mail to staff, executive confirms news THR broke last week: 'We could not agree on an appropriate role for me in the new company.'

NBC Universal Television Entertainment chairman Jeff Gaspin confirmed Monday that he will depart NBC Universal following the conclusion of the company's merger with Comcast.

THR reported exclusively last week that there was no role for Gaspin in the reorganized company and that he would be leaving the company.

Former Showtime programming chief Robert Greenblatt is expected to take charge of the broadcast network and television production company. Cable executives Bonnie Hammer and Lauren Zalaznick are expected to have expanded roles running the company's other channels, and Ted Harbert, president and CEO of the Comcast Entertainment Group, is expected to oversee sales, stations and affiliates.

An announcement that makes the reorganization official is expected on Wednesday, sources said.

In an e-mail to staff, Gaspin, who has been in his current position since July 2009, said:

Even though there has been much speculation in the press, I wanted you to hear directly from me.

During the course of the Comcast/GE merger, I've had many good conversations with Steve Burke about my role at the new NBC Universal. Under the current structure, all of the television entertainment assets including cable, broadcast and distribution report to me.

As is his prerogative, Steve has determined that he wants to move in a different direction, and given the scope of my current responsibilities, we could not agree on an appropriate role for me in the new company.Therefore I will be departing NBC Universal a short time after the merger.

I have spent a combined 19 years at NBC Universal and have had numerous positions in finance, news, cable and broadcast. While we have had our challenges on the entertainment broadcast side, I am proud of the progress we have made and the tremendous success of our outstanding cable assets, our strong distribution divisions and our market-leading digital innovation. It's with great pride and appreciation I was able to participate in many of these successful ventures.

I leave NBC Universal with an obvious sense of sadness and loss, but I'll be forever grateful for my relationships with my colleagues and those who gave me a chance to participate in the success of this great company. It's been an exhilarating ride -- and I thank you forsharing it with me.

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