Ted Harbert, chairman of NBC Broadcasting, has addressed his departure from the company in a note to colleagues. In it, he says that he will stay on through October 14 to help with transition and continue to oversee the launch of NBCUniversal’s new syndicated talk show hosted by Harry Connick Jr. (Domestic syndication is among the areas Harbert supervises.) Harbert discusses his 40 years in television, the last five at NBC post-Comcast/NBCUniversal merger and his plans (or lack thereof) for the future. Here is the memo:
Wanted you to hear this directly from me before it’s released to the press in a few minutes:
This Sunday marks the end of my 40th season in television. I think that’s plenty for now, so I’ve decided to leave NBC as of October 14th. I’m staying an extra month to ensure orderly transitions and continue the launch of our terrific new Harry Connick, Jr. syndicated show.
When I joined NBC in February 2011 there was room for significant improvement. Five years later, thanks to the incredible work of all of our great teams, we are reporting record results. Simply put, my work is here done.
The proverbial next chapter lies ahead and I’m happy to say I have no idea what it is. I’ve never known the unknown and I’ve never taken more than two and a half weeks off since I was 16 years old…now I will. Let’s hope I make it until January.
I’ve loved working at 30 Rock and with all the great people here. I’m eternally grateful to Steve Burke for the opportunity to work for the last 12 years, first at Comcast’s Entertainment networks and then here at NBC. It’s been a truly incredible adventure.
Thank you all so much.