Cuts at NBC’s Washington Bureau?
In a must read, the New York Post’s Claire Atkinson writes about cutbacks at NBC’s DC Bureau…
The current moves are not the first time Turness has irked journalists under her command.
NBC veterans have complained privately that Turness is not serious enough, sources said.
“Instead of getting better, NBC News has been getting worse,” said one executive. “It’s a mess.”
The grumblings are centered on Turness’ more aggressive tabloid style.
One senior NBC News executive was so outraged by her changes that he went over her head to complain to her superiors that the two simply can’t work together.
NBC News has been accused of checkbook journalism for landing key videos and interviews. The network denied paying for interviews.
I’m going to stop here and point out that the checkbook journalism charge isn’t new and it hasn’t been exclusively aimed at NBC. This smells to me more like trying to unfairly stack the deck against NBC.
The move to cut jobs has morale low, sources said.
Particularly distressed by the changes is the DC bureau team, whose duties include providing political coverage to “Nightly News with Brian Williams” and Sunday talk show “Meet The Press.”
Turness has been trying to figure out the future for David Gregory’s “Meet the Press,” with options including bringing in MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” team of Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski for a Sunday show, or blowing up the entire franchise and trying something completely different, sources familiar with the situation said.
The jury is still out on what to do as Turness still hasn’t decided, these sources added.
I can’t see Turness wanting to be known as the network news president that killed off the longest running TV series in the history of American broadcast TV. Replacing David Gregory? That’s another story entirely…