Meet the woman making history at NBC News

Image courtesy of ITV
Image courtesy of ITV

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

Sometimes, what you really need is a woman to get the job done right. Not just any kind of woman. Someone like Deborah Turness, the president of British ITV News.

Starting in August, Turness will be leaving ITV to take over at NBC, entering the history books as the first woman to head one of the Big Three television networks – which are ABC, CBS, and NBC – in the United States.

NBCUniversal’s Chairman, Pat Fili-Krushel, says, “Deborah has built an outstanding reputation as both a journalist and business executive with a proven track record for innovation and collaboration.” So, because she’s a hard worker, creative, gets along well with others, and is respected by people in the community, Deborah Turness has an incredible opportunity ahead of her.

This isn’t the first time Turness has made history. Back in 2004, when she took over ITV, she was the first female president of a network news organization in the UK. Talk about a superwoman, making the history books in both the US and the UK.

How does she feel about it? Turness says, “I am hugely excited by the opportunities that lie ahead and look forward to working with the talented journalists and technicians who make it one of the great global news operations.”

Part of the reason NBC is interested in her is because she brings a unique and fresh perspective. See, because so many people get their news from the internet these days, a lot of the old-fashioned news channels like ABC, CBS, and NBC are having trouble getting people to watch their shows. Hopefully, with Deborah Turness in the chair, she can turn things around for NBC.