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Steve Capus Named Exec Producer ‘CBS Evening News’, Exec Editor CBS News

Steve Capus NBC NewsCapus will report directly to CBS News President David Rhodes and his appointment is effective July 7.

Previously, Capus was President of NBC News for eight years and Executive Producer of NBC Nightly News for four years.  During his career, he had oversight of MSNBC, NBCNews.com digital and mobile properties, and NBC News radio.   He was responsible for broadcast, digital, cable production and distribution, as well as talent, newsgathering and international partnerships.
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Steve Capus Exits As NBC News President

By | Friday February 1, 2013 @ 9:59am PST

Calling journalism “a noble calling,” NBC News president Steve Capus announced to the network’s staff today that he’s leaving after eight years running the division and over 20 years at NBC. Back in July, NBCUniversal consolidated its “news brands,” as Steve Burke said in the accompanying memo, under the new News Group chairmanship of Patricia Fili-Krushel. Here’s the memo Capus sent out today:

Working in network news is not a solitary pursuit; it is the ultimate “team sport,” in which success is derived from the collective performances of remarkable people united in purpose and dedication. I have seldom described my role as “presiding” over NBC News. Instead, I have viewed it as leading a collaborative effort to pursue journalistic excellence.

It has been a privilege to have spent two decades here, but it is now time to head in a new direction. I have informed Pat Fili-Krushel that I will be leaving NBC News in the coming weeks.

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NBC News’ Steve Capus Apologizes, Sort Of, For ‘Today’ Not Observing 9/11 Silence

By | Wednesday September 12, 2012 @ 8:23pm PDT

NBC News President Steve Capus apologized to managers of the network’s affiliated stations — not for deciding not to observe a moment of silence marking the 11th anniversary of 9/11 during Tuesday’s Today show, but for subjecting the stations to criticism for a decision they didn’t make. Today was the only one of the three network morning shows that didn’t participate in the observation. Instead Today broadcast an interview with Kris Jenner of Keeping Up With The Kardashians discussing her breast augmentation. Capus sent his memo to NBC Affiliate Corporation Group executives, the New York Times reported, and began by citing Today’s coverage of the attacks on American embassies in Libya and Egypt. Then he added: “Yesterday, we made an editorial call resulting in the Sept. 11 moment of silence not being seen. While we dedicated a substantial amount of airtime to anniversary events, we still touched a nerve with many of your viewers … and for that we apologize.”

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NBC News President Talks About Edited Call

By | Sunday April 8, 2012 @ 11:52pm PDT

NBC News President Steve Capus has updated Reuters about that edited call from George Zimmerman to police in the moments before he shot Trayvon Martin. It was “a mistake and not a deliberate act to misrepresent the phone call,” Capus maintains. Reuters reports that NBC News brass interviewed more than a dozen staffers during its investigation of the matter, including the Miami-based producer who was fired Thursday. “The producer who edited the call was questioned extensively about motivation, and it was determined that the person had cut the video clip down to meet a maximum time requirement for the length of the segment – a common pressure in morning television – and inadvertently edited the call in a way that proved misleading.” Capus said that NBC News’ broadcast standards department, led by David McCormick, has been holding meetings with various NBC News shows, as well as the network’s specialized units, to make sure this doesn’t happen again. Capus also is holding meetings among the network executives.

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Chelsea Clinton Will Work For NBC News

Today will be Chelsea Clinton’s first day of work as an NBC News special correspondent. The daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton will handle pieces that NBC Nightly News will use for its “Making A Difference” segment that focuses on people who do volunteer work, as well as segments for Rock Center With Brian Williams. Reportedly, she’ll donate her NBC salary to the Clinton Foundation and George Washington University Hospital. Hiring Chelsea may further fuel GOP claims that NBC is soft on Democrats, but NBC already employs Jenna Bush and Meghan McCain. This is an intriguing career choice for Chelsea because she has spent much of her adult life stiff-arming the press: When she made public appearances during her mother’s presidential campaign in 2008, Chelesa refused to answer questions from reporters — although she did respond to those from audience members. She also seems to have a full plate outside of NBC: After working at a management consulting company and a hedge fund, Clinton is going for a doctorate degree at Oxford University. She works at New York University, the Clinton Foundation, and the Clinton Global Initiative. And in September she joined the board of Barry Diller’s IAC. Here’s NBC’s release:

November 14, 2011 — New York, N.Y. — Chelsea Clinton is teaming up with “Rock Center with Brian Williams” and “NBC Nightly News” as a Special Correspondent, the network announced today. Clinton’s role with the shows and the network will be to highlight stories within the “Making a Difference” franchise. “Making a Difference” segments have a history of profiling organizations and individuals who represent the best of what works in the United States and around the world, frequently emphasizing stories about everyday people doing extraordinary things.

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Ted Koppel Joins NBC’s ‘Rock Center’

By | Thursday October 13, 2011 @ 10:59am PDT

October 13, 2011 – New York, NY – NBC News today announced that Ted Koppel, the legendary and highly respected broadcast journalist, has joined “Rock Center with Brian Williams” as a special correspondent. Koppel will bring his award-winning reporting to the new broadcast, led by Brian Williams, and premiering on Monday, October 31 at 10pm. The announcement was made today by Steve Capus, President of NBC News.

“We’re truly honored to have Ted join ‘Rock Center with Brian Williams’ as a special correspondent,” said Capus. “A pioneer of broadcast journalism, Ted has touched every major news event spanning nearly 5 decades, and not only does he bring a tremendous amount of experience to the broadcast, he is a tireless advocate for quality journalism, and is one of our profession’s premier storytellers.”

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