Jeff Capus, president of NBC News, thinks the media was too harsh on his boss, NBC Universal president Jeff Zucker, during the late night kerfuffle.
“Jeff is being portrayed as a cartoonish figure,” Capus told MarketWatch, “adding angrily” that journalists’ depiction is “completely at odds with reality.”
Zucker was one of the executives in charge of bringing Jay Leno into a 10 p.m. timeslot and eventually kicking Conan O’Brien out of The Tonight Show to bring Jay back.
Capus insists that critics skirted Zucker’s success at NBC Universal’s news, sports and theme-park units. Focusing on late night is “unfair” and “over-simplistic,” he said.
As MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman notes: Capus “knows well that the law of survival in television is: make the numbers. If you don’t, you suffer. Fair or not, that’s how it is.”
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