Alexandra Wallace returning to NBC News

Will be second in command to Steve Capus

"NBC Nightly News" executive producer Alexandra Wallace will return to an expanded position in the NBC News front office and longtime senior producer Bob Epstein will take over the newscast.

Wallace, a veteran of NBC News and CBS News, became executive producer of the program in March 2007. She had been vp in the news division, overseeing "NBC Nightly News" as well as special reports, before she took the day-to-day role.

Now she'll return to the front office as senior vp with more duties as second-in-command to NBC News president Steve Capus. Capus, like Wallace, is a former executive producer of "NBC Nightly News." There's no timeline to the change. Wallace's promotion back to the front office comes at a time when she's done wonders for the "NBC Nightly News" ratings.

The show, which had been in a tight race with ABC's "World News with Charles Gibson" has won the last several weeks and 25 of the last 30 weeks in viewership and adults 25-54. Season-to-date, "NBC Nightly News" is ahead by 200,000 viewers.

Epstein, a veteran journalist, joined NBC News as executive producer of MSNBC in 1996. He became senior producer of NBC News specials in 2000 and since 2002 has been senior broadcast producer of "NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw" and now "NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams."
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