Gaspin to head Universal Television Group


NEW YORK -- NBC Universal on Wednesday promoted Jeff Gaspin to president and CEO of the Universal Television Group, a newly created division that encompasses all of the company's non-NBC broadcast units.

He will continue to report to NBC Uni president/CEO Jeff Zucker.

Gaspin's responsibilities now include Telemundo, the 16 Telemundo O&Os, as well as domestic first-run and syndication. Those were given to Gaspin after the departure of former NBC Uni Television and Network Operations president Jay Ireland as well as Marc Graboff, who is now co-chairman of the NBC Universal and Universal Media Studios. The executives who run the units, Telemundo chief Don Browne and syndication chief Barry Wallach, report to Gaspin now.

Gaspin has been president of NBC Universal Cable and Digital Content since February. He will continue to lead distribution of wireless, digital and cable content and the entertainment cable networks of Bravo, Sci Fi Channel, USA Network and others.

"By creating the Universal Television Group, we are simplifying our organization and putting all of the company's non-NBC television properties under one roof," Zucker said in a statement.

Before February, Gaspin had been president of NBC Universal Cable Entertainment and Cross-Network Strategy since 2004. He was promoted to that position after becoming president of Bravo. He has had two terms at NBC, starting in the stations division in 1984 and joining NBC News in 1987. He left the company in 1993 but returned in 2001 as executive vp alternative series, longform, specials and program strategy.