New NBC Broadcasting chairman Ted Harbert and NBCUniversal EVP Pat Fili-Krushel, both veteran broadcast executives, are putting their stamp with their first major executive hires.
Harbert has tapped Valari Dobson Staab, president and GM of the ABC O&O station in San Fransisco, as new head of NBC’s station group. As president of NBC Local Media, Staab will oversee NBC’s 10 owned-and-operated television stations, its local online properties, and digital out-of-home division. Staab, who will start in June, replaces John Wallace, who has served as president of NBC Local Media since 2007. NBC’s O&O group is playing a major part in NBCU’s efforts to woo Katie Couric for a daytime syndicated talk show.
Wallace, in turn, has been named president, NBCUniversal Media Works, reporting to Fili-Krushel. He will oversee the company’s technology and studio operations, including IT, digital projects and services, sourcing, environmental health and safety, and crisis management as well as NBCU’s real estate properties, including Rockefeller Center in New York and Universal City in California. Wallace replaces John Eck, who will be leaving NBCU.