Who Has the Power Now at NBC Uni?

From 30 Rock to the Black Tower, new Comcast COO and soon-to-be NBC Universal CEO Steve Burke connected all the dots and played diplomat to set up the new executive structure at the post-merger conglomerate.

Steve Burke is generally regarded as a capable guy. But more than a dozen direct reports? That was the story told in a Nov. 18 memo in which the newly anointed NBC Universal CEO outlined an executive lineup that already had been thoroughly speculated about, leaked, chewed over and half-digested before the news was made official.

The only thing left to do was obsess about who was listed in what order. NBC Uni cable executives Bonnie Hammer and Lauren Zalaznick, in what was at one time considered an “it’s her or me” duel, were shown some love with first and second position in Burke’s e-mail.

They are among the many direct reports to Burke, along with Ted Harbert, who will take over as chairman of NBC Broadcasting and move to New York City; former Showtime entertainment president Robert Greenblatt, who will be scrutinized as never before as he endeavors to lift NBC out of the ratings basement; the well-regarded Ron Meyer, who will continue to run Universal Studios; Jeff Shell, who will relocate to London to run NBC Uni’s international business; NBC Sports guru Dick Ebersol, who will guide the combined entities’ sports operations; and NBC News president Steve Capus and CNBC president Mark Hoffman.     

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