The ever informative Page Six has given us the scoop on Deborah Turness, the newish president of NBC news. Apparently she is British and the first female president of an American network. Everything was going swimmingly till she opened up her big mouth and insults started to spill out. The biggest
clanker clanger seems to have been a diss she made about all her predecessors (including Jeff Zucker and Tom Brokaw) that they have been sleeping on their jobs for 15 years. Or something such. Here is how Page Six put it. We usually can’t put it better than Page Six:
NBC News president Deborah Turness had to apologize after infuriating top execs and talent by announcing the network news organization had been asleep for 15 years.
Turness, who came to the job from Britain’s ITV News one year ago, dropped the tactless clanger in a New York Times interview on Sunday, saying, “NBC News hadn’t kept up with the times in all sorts of ways, for maybe 15 years . . . I think the organization had gone to sleep.”
Sources tell us Tom Brokaw, managing editor and anchor of NBC’s “Nightly News” from 1982 until 2004, Turness’ predecessor Steve Capus (NBC News president from 2005 to 2013 and now executive producer of “CBS Evening News”) and CNN chief Jeff Zucker “are apoplectic” over Turness’ remark.
Way to hold on to the gig of a lifetime Deborah!