Latest NBC 'Nightly News' producer, 27, may be youngest

January 14, 1993|By David Zurawik

LOS ANGELES -- Anchorman Tom Brokaw has a new boss. NBC made a major move yesterday with its "Nightly News," replacing Steve Friedman as executive producer with 27-year-old Jeff Zucker.

Mr. Zucker, who has been running "Today" for the past year, will remain in charge of the morning program when he adds the nightly news to his duties next month, according to Katherine McQuay, a spokeswoman for NBC News.

Mr. Zucker is believed to be the youngest person ever to be put in charge of a network's nightly news program.

Mr. Friedman, who has been running the newscast the past two years, will oversee the development of a new prime-time magazine yet to be named, Ms. McQuay said.

NBC's nightly newscast has been the lowest-rated of the three in recent years, running a distant third to ABC's "World News Tonight With Peter Jennings."

It is also generally considered to be the worst newscast of the three.

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