Andrew Lack Steps Down From Government Agency, Signaling NBC News Return

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Andrew Lack on Wednesday announced that he will step down as director and CEO of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the government agency he has headed only since January. His resignation signals a return to NBC News, where, sources say, an announcement that he'll take the top job occupied by Pat Fili-Krushel is expected imminently.

Throughout the negotiations, Lack has important advocates inside NBCUniversal including Matt Lauer and Tom Brokaw, who has been advising NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke through the Brian Williams crisis.

Lack has maintained close relationships with many of NBC's top stars, including the embattled Williams. And many inside NBC News believe that Lack's appointment portends a rehabilitation and return to NBC News for the Nightly News anchor.

Lack's relationship with Lauer and Brokaw dates back to his time as president of NBC News, when Lauer had just became a full-time member of the Today show on-air team and Brokaw was the anchor of Nightly News. Lack's tenure as president of NBC News from 1993-2001 was marked by top-rated status for all three daily flagship programs including Meet the Press.

And Interestingly, Jeff Shell, who was tapped in September 2013 to run Universal's movie studios, is chairman of the board of the Broadcasting Board of Governors and helped recruit Lack to the agency during a lengthy search process. Sources at NBC News say Shell was not involved in the process to bring Lack to NBC, though he was informed of the talks with Lack.

At a BBG staff meeting Wednesday, Shell reportedly stressed that he had nothing to do with Lack's departure and that it was "very disappointing" to him.