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NBC has confirmed that Don Nash will be working with Alexandra Wallace as the new executive producer for the Today Show.
This news follows reports that Wallace and another producer would take over at the morning show’s top positions after Jim Bell was ousted. Bell has now taken a position at NBC Sports as executive producer of Olympics coverage.
Deadline first reported that Nash, who has been a producer at the show for 23 years, had been promoted to the executive producer role. He will report to Wallace who will carry the title of Executive in Charge at Today. Wallace’s role will include executive control over the morning show and she will report to the president of NBC News, Steve Capus.
The Today Show has been in a state of turmoil since Bell pushed Ann Curry out of her co-anchor position after ratings began to drop. Savannah Guthrie was hired in Curry’s place, but her presence has not significantly helped. The show has faced stiff competition with ABC’s Good Morning America.
Meanwhile there are already reports that the new leadership is not likely to help. A senior NBC executive who was not named told The New York Daily News, “This problem is not going to go away until Matt Lauer does...He’s great, but fairly or unfairly, his brand is damaged.”
Another source tells Radar Online that Lauer already has a tense relationship with Wallace and was not happy to hear that Bell has a new job.