Wallace takes station atop 10 NBC O&Os


John Wallace has been named president of the NBC owned-and-operated TV stations, succeeding Jay Ireland, who left his post in June for a job with corporate parent General Electric.

Wallace, a 19-year NBC veteran, most recently was executive vp television operations and production services. His responsibilities included designing a state-of-the-art studio, set and high-definition technical facility for NBC News' "Today" and for NBC's "Saturday Night Live" as well as planning and executing NBC's multichannel 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.

In his new role, Wallace will oversee the 10 English-language NBC O&Os, which include WNBC New York, KNBC Los Angeles and WMAQ Chicago. He takes over part of the duties held by Ireland, who now serves as president and CEO of GE Asset Management. In his previous post, Ireland also oversaw Telemundo stations and affiliate relations as well as domestic first-run syndication.

Wallace will report to NBC Universal president and CEO Jeff Zucker.

"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 began his career as an NBC page and rose through the ranks. He has held several positions within the NBC TV Stations Group, including senior vp broadcast operations, vp digitization and information technology and vp broadcast operations. He also has served as a local sales manager at NBC-owned WCAU Philadelphia.