Jan 11, 2023 - Economy

Oppenheim out at NBC News amid leadership shakeup

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NBC News' longtime president Noah Oppenheim is taking on a new role within NBCUniversal amid a broader structural reorganization at NBC News put in place by NBCUniversal News Group Chairman Cesar Conde.

The big picture: The moves are part of a larger restructuring process at NBC News, following reorganizations at its sister networks, MSNBC and CNBC.

  • Conde named Rashida Jones president of MSNBC in 2020. He also named KC Sullivan as president earlier this year, following the departure of longtime Chairman Mark Hoffman.

Details: The reorganization elevates executives at other rising divisions within NBC News, including streaming and "Today," which serves as the company's lifestyle news division.

  • Rebecca Blumenstein, a longtime deputy managing editor at The New York Times, who will become president of editorial for NBC News.
  • Janelle Rodriguez, who oversaw the successful launch of NBC's 24/7 live news streaming platform, "NBC News Now." has been promoted to executive vice president of NBC News NOW.
  • Libby Leist, who has overseen the digital transformation of the company's flagship morning brand, "TODAY," will be promoted to executive vice president of "TODAY" and lifestyle.

Be smart: All three executives will report directly to Conde himself. The changes, Conde said in a note to staff obtained by Axios, "will take effect in the coming weeks."

What's next: Oppenheim said he plans soon to launch a new venture with NBCUniversal's television and film colleagues "on the west coast," according to a note to staff obtained by Axios.

  • Prior to his role at NBC News, Oppenheim was a producer and screenwriter.
  • In his note to staff, Conde said Oppenheim "will be changing his role to focus on his passion for producing movies and scripted television shows."
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