New Man at the Helm of NBC’s ‘Today Show’ has Been Fired

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Jamie Horowitz Out at ‘Today’ and NBC News

3:45 PM PST 11/17/2014 by Michael O’Connell,The Hollywood Reporter

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The former ESPN exec only joined the network’s morning flagship in September

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Jamie Horowitz‘s short tenure at NBC News has come to an end. Barely three months into his tenure as senior vp and general manager of TodayThe Hollywood Reporter has learned that the veteran TV exec is out. NBC News did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Originally set to join the network in December, Horowitz assumed the role in September— overseeing the network’s flagship morning show in its pursuit to reclaim No. 1 status from ABC’s Good Morning America. According to one source, Horowitz clashed with NBC News president Deborah Turness.

The news follows reports that Turness has butted heads withBrian Williams and David Gregory since assuming lead of NBC News in 2013 — the latter, of course, lost his job as host of Meet the Press in August after drawn-out speculation that he was on his way out. Oddly, this also comes just three days after The New York Post ran a story suggesting that Horowitz, along withBloomberg BusinessWeek editor Josh Tyrangiel, were being floated as possible Turness replacements.

NBC News has been in a transition mode since Turness’ addition. And Today and Meet the Pressaren’t the only properties that have needed a course correct. Evening news flagship Nightly News with Brian Williams has also lost ground to ABC’s World News, now anchored by David Muir.

Horowitz joined NBC News from ESPN after launching Keith Olbermann‘s ESPN2 program and Colin Cowherd‘s Colin’s New Football Show. At the time of his May tapping for the Today gig, Turness described Horowitz as “a visionary leader, a creative thinker and a seasoned expert in developing and driving brands that truly connect.”

Don Nash continues to serve as executive producer of Today. 

 

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