Syracuse native and Syracuse University alumna Megyn Kelly, who was hired by Lack from Fox News in 2017, has also been questioned in the investigation, according to the Daily Mail. "So, just to be completely clear. the New York Attorney General's office is looking into NBC News".
"It disappoints me to say that even with passage of time, Farrow's account has become neither more accurate, nor more respectful of the dedicated colleagues he worked with here at NBC News", Lack wrote in a memo past year. Cesar Conde, who has overseen Spanish-language Telemundo and NBC's global organization, will now serve in the newly created role of chairman of NBCUniversal News Group, which includes NBC News, CNBC and MSNBC.
The news division was embarrassed, however, when Ronan Farrow took his reporting on disgraced Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein to the New Yorker and complained his bosses at NBC showed little interest in his work.
A spokeswoman for Attorney General Letitia James declined to comment but did not deny the existence of the investigation.
NBC's major news divisions, including NBC News, CNBC, and MSNBC are to report to Conde.
Andy Lack, the chairman of NBC News and MSNBC for the past five years, is exiting as part of a reorganization at the news division's parent company. It is unclear if Lack's exit from the network is tied to any actions by the NY attorney general.
The shake-up at the Comcast-owned media giant will see a number of its television networks - including MSNBC, Bravo, SYFY, Oxygen, E! and US - collapse into a single division headed by Mark Lazarus, the chairman of television and streaming at NBCUniversal.
Vester said Monday that investigators asked her in January about former NBC News chief Andy Lack's possible involvement "in orchestrating a public response against me and a defense or cover-up".
Lazarus becomes chairman of NBC Universal Television and Streaming, putting him in charge of NBC's broadcast division, entertainment cable networks like Bravo and United States of America, and the new Peacock streaming service. Comcast acquired NBCUniversal in 2013.
The NBCUniversal News Group is a newly formed unit, which now includes NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC. In the interim, the leadership team will report directly to Lazarus.
This is the first big move by Jeff Shell, who became CEO of NBCU, replacing Steve Burke, earlier this year.