Who Wants This Job?

Still stinging from the Dateline fiasco, NBC News is hustling to hire a credible new president

The network is being eyed for sale. Staffing and salaries have been slashed. Morale is low when it's not obstreperous. The chief corporate asset, credibility, has been squandered in a humiliating succession of errors and ethical slips. On top of all else, three of the past four occupants of the job have been shown the door. Is it any wonder that NBC News seems to be having trouble finding a president?

What used to be one of the most coveted jobs in journalism is now widely viewed as a "challenge" if not a headache. Despite power, prestige and a salary that...

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