What’s ahead for the network now that topper Bob Greenblatt plans to exit?
THE EYE OF THE PEACOCK is considered by many to be a harbinger of good luck, its brilliant plume a source of pride.
But given the jarring developments that hit NBC in the late afternoon of Sept. 21, just as the weekend approached, neither truism would apply to the broadcast network known in industry tradespeak as the Peacock.
Just as Variety broke the news that NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt was planning to leave Nbcuniversal, prompted in part by his frustration with corporate management, The Daily Beast simultaneously published a report claiming that embattled NBC News chief Andrew Lack did not respond forcefully to sexual misconduct allegations that festered at the network, including those leveled at former star anchor Matt Lauer.
Nbcuniversal negotiated Greenblatt’s exit agreement over the weekend, and announced Sept. 24 that the executive would be succeeded by two company veterans — George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy.
Lack’s fate at NBC is unclear, but many industry insiders are predicting that his forced departure may be imminent. The Daily Beast report alleged Lack, in a previous job as chairman and CEO of Sony BMG Music, protected music executive Charlie Walk, who had sent explicit sexual email messages to female employees.
If these alleged gaffes have prompted