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Today Show’s Matt Lauer has a proverbial axe hanging over his head according to a source with inside knowledge at NBC. The network is reportedly looking to clean house with the flagship morning program and other shows that are falling behind in ratings.
The information comes from an unnamed former network executive speaking to the New York Daily News's Confidential section. The source said that Comcast, the network’s new owner, is looking into replacing Lauer and the show’s executive producer.
Comcast recently purchased a controlling stake in the NBC and Universal conglomerate.
For the first time ever, Fox's local Good Morning New York program beat Today in the local market's viewers - 112,500 to 102,700 according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Today had been the leader in ratings in the morning bracket for over a decade, but has been taken over by a large margin by Good Morning America. According to the Daily News’ source, the network brass is particularly upset about this is and looking to shake things up.
The Daily News report did not disclose the former executive’s title or when he last worked with the company.