3:45pm PT by Michael O'Connell
Jamie Horowitz Out at 'Today' and NBC News
Jamie Horowitz's short tenure at NBC News has come to an end. Barely three months into his tenure as senior vp and general manager of Today, The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the veteran TV exec is out. NBC News did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
Originally set to join the network in December, Horowitz started taking meetings at Today in September, overseeing the network's flagship morning show in its pursuit to reclaim No. 1 status from ABC's Good Morning America. According to one source, Horowitz clashed with NBC News president Deborah Turness.
The news follows reports that Turness has butted heads with Brian Williams and David Gregory since assuming lead of NBC News in 2013 — the latter, of course, lost his job as host of Meet the Press in August after drawn-out speculation that he was on his way out. Oddly, this also comes just three days after The New York Post ran a story suggesting that Horowitz, along with Bloomberg BusinessWeek editor Josh Tyrangiel, were being floated as possible Turness replacements.
NBC News has been in a transition mode since Turness' addition. And Today and Meet the Press aren't the only properties that have needed a course correction. Evening news flagship Nightly News with Brian Williams has also lost ground to ABC's World News, now anchored by David Muir.
Horowitz joined NBC News from ESPN after launching Keith Olbermann's ESPN2 program and Colin Cowherd's Colin's New Football Show. At the time of his May tapping for the Today gig, Turness described Horowitz as "a visionary leader, a creative thinker and a seasoned expert in developing and driving brands that truly connect."
Don Nash continues to serve as executive producer of Today.
See the memo from Turness about Horowitz's exit below.
I want to let you know that, effective today, Jamie Horowitz will be leaving NBC News.
Jamie joined us in September as General Manager of the Today brand. He's a talented producer and executive, but, together, he and I have come to the conclusion that this is not the right fit.
Because of the hard work of so many of you, and an anchor team that is hitting on all cylinders, the show has great momentum and is closing the ratings gap. The exclusives keep coming and there is a great energy both on- and off-air, and in digital and social. My focus - as always - is to support this special brand and its amazing and dedicated staff, and to position it for continued success.
The role of General Manager remains an important one, and will be filled in due course. In the interim, I will work closely with both Don Nash and Jen Brown to oversee Today.
Please join me in thanking Jamie and wishing him the best.