NBC ups Wallace to stations chief


John Wallace, a 19-year veteran of NBC, was promoted Wednesday to president of the NBC owned-and-operated television stations. He assumes one major area of responsibility previously handled by Jay Ireland, who recently moved up to NBCU parent General Electric as president and CEO of GE Asset Management.

In his new position, Wallace, who previously served as executive vp of television operations and production services, will oversee NBC's 10 NBC owned-and-operated stations. He reports to Jeff Zucker, president and CEO of NBCU.

"John is a smart, energetic executive who knows how to plan, execute, and lead a team," Zucker said. "He has been here for nearly 20 years, much of that in our television stations division. He knows this company inside and out. He has been a key part of our success for a number of years, and his leadership skills and technical prowess will serve us well as we continue to grow our stations group in this increasingly digital world."

Wallace is credited with designing a state-of-the-art studio, set and HD technical facility for NBC News Today show and for Saturday Night Live, as well as planning and executing NBC's multichannel coverage of the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy. He has also held several positions with the NBC TV stations Group including senior vp of broadcast operations and local sales manager for WCAU, the company's owned-station in Philadelphia. He began his TV career as an NBC page.