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Pat Fili-Krushel is officially out at NBC.
Six months after being replaced as the head of NBC News by Andy Lack, the executive will exit the company on Nov. 1, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Sources tell THR the split is amicable. Fili-Krushel was brought to NBCUniversal by CEO Steve Burke, with whom she worked closely with at ABC, where she was president of ABC Television Network from 1998 to 2000. Burke appointed her to run the company’s news assets in 2011. It was shortly after Ann Curry‘s infamous departure from Today, and Burke was looking toward Fili-Krushel to impose some stability. Fili-Krushel ousted longtime NBC News president Steve Capus, who is now at CBS News, and hired Deborah Turness to run the company’s flagship news division.
But the news division continued to generate headlines for a series of personnel conflagrations. There was the highly public ousting of Meet the Press moderator David Gregory, who coincidentally (or not) appeared Wednesday morning on CBS This Morning to talk about the episode, which he chronicles in his forthcoming memoir How’s Your Faith?
And more recently, the news division has been rocked by the fall of Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, who was found to have embellished multiple accounts of his time reporting from the field. He has been on the bench, enduring a six-month suspension since February. In June, NBC News announced that he would handle breaking news at MSNBC, where shortly he is expected to make his return (he anchored a primetime newscast at the cable network in the 1990s).
And in March, Burke named Lack chairman of NBC News and MSNBC.
“We couldn’t come up with a position that made sense for what I’m interested in doing, so we said maybe it’s time we part ways,” Fili-Krushel told New York magazine.
An NBCUniversal spokesman declined comment.
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