Former NBC News president Brian Williams, who left the company five years ago after the scandal, has been appointed head of BBC News.
Deborah Turness leads a team of 6,000 journalists on British public television after four years as a top manager at ITV News in the UK. On NBC, she was the first woman to head the American network news department.
According to the BBC, he earns $ 540,000 a year as head of BBC News. Turness replaces Frann Unsworth, who announced his departure from the network in September. Unsworth has spent the last 40 years at Beeb.
In 2013, Turness was initially hired away from ITV to become president of NBC News. But under his leadership, the news department got into a scuffle.
In 2015, Turness presided over the resignation of Meet the Press moderator David Gregory.
Despite Turness’s outspoken statements in support of Gregory, several months of rumors about his future, which led to a drop in ratings for Sunday’s political talk show, led to his departure. He was replaced by current moderator Chuck Todd.
That same year, NBC Nightly News presenter Brian Williams was forcibly removed from his seat and suspended after it was revealed that he had made exaggerated allegations about his wartime reporting.
Williams was forced to admit to lying in 2003 when he claimed he was on a helicopter over Baghdad shot down by Iraqi rebels.
He also claimed to have contracted dysentery after drinking flooding in the French quarter of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina – although that part of the city was not flooded.
After an internal investigation, Williams was suspended for six months without pay. He was allowed to continue his career as a night talk show host on the MSNBC cable channel. Lester Holt has taken the anchor seat since Williams left Nightly News.
As for Williams, he last signed a contract with NBC in December and ended his 28-year career in the network.
At the time, NBC News staff were outraged by Turness’s decision to fire Williams instead of firing him.
Following the Williams scandal, NBC reinstated former NBC News chairman Andrew Luck as head of news – the No. 2 head of the Turness section.
In October 2016, while filming an episode of the Access Hollywood series on NBC News The Washington Post, Donald Trump came under fire after he revealed that there was a tape that made obscene remarks about women.
Even though the tape was on NBC, it waited for the news department to investigate before it was reported by lawyers – which allowed it to influence the Washington Post.
In February 2017, Turness left NBC News and became president of the newly formed NBC News International at the time.
BBC Director General Tim Davey praised Turness on Thursday, saying “it brings a wealth of experience, insight, first-class editor’s conclusion and strong experience in delivery”.
“He is a passionate advocate for the power of impartial journalism and has great faith in the BBC and the role we have played in the UK and around the world,” he told BBC News.
After Turness left NBC, he was again hired by ITN as CEO of a UK-based production company that includes ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.
“There has never been a greater need for the BBC’s powerful brand of impartial, credible journalism in the UK and around the world,” Turness said.