NBC has fired producer Jamie Horowitz from the Today Show after only ten weeks on the job.
Horowitz’s appointment as senior VP and general manager of Today was announced last April and he began work in September. But Horowitz was not even going to assume his full role with the show until December 1st.
Apparently Horowitz did not get along with NBC News president Deborah Turness. Also, the New York Daily News reported that the Today Show’s talent and existing executives did not like his ideas for changing the show. Even Brian Williams did not like him.
In a memo release last night Turness told NBC staffers:
“I want to let you know that, effective today, Jamie Horowitz will be leaving NBC News. He’s a talented producer and executive, but, together, he and I have come to the conclusion that this is not the right fit.”
“The role of General Manager remains an important one, and will be filled in due course. In the interim, I will work closely with both Don Nash and Jen Brown to oversee TODAY. Please join me in thanking Jamie and wishing him the best.”
This was a far cry from how she described Horowitz back in May. At the time Turness said that he was, “a visionary leader, a creative thinker and a seasoned expert in developing and driving brands that truly connect. Jamie has the skills, the talent and the experience to lead the Today brand into the future. He is first and foremost a great producer … [and] he comes at things from unexpected angles and has a popular touch combined with real intellectual creativity.”
Turness came to NBC from ESPN. Perhaps he was better suited to sports.