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Why Haiti Is “Great” For NBC And News Media: Jeff Zucker’s Leaked Letter

by | 17th, January 2010

8207637 HOW do you report on Haiti ? And is the disaster a good thing for the voracious news media always looking for a story? Anroak;’s Man in LA spots a missive to the troops from NBC-Universal chief Jeff Zucker. Haiti. thousands dead. Hey it’s been “great”.

IT was a bad week for NBC-Universal chief Jeff Zucker (what with Leno and Conan and all), but for NBC News president Steve Capus , the disaster in Haiti was a something of a blessing– a great opportunity for his division to show what they’re made of. In his message to his troops today, he says:

“This is just the beginning:
There’s so much suffering…
so much rebuilding to be done…
so many stories to be told.”

January 15, 2010
A Message From Steve Capus

There is a lot to cover in this first note of 2010, but before I get to that, I just want to thank everyone for their first-rate work on the Haiti Earthquake coverage. While I write this, we still have no way to calculate the enormity of the devastation, nor the numbers of those who’ve been lost. It’s a calamity, and the challenges of giving it the proper perspective are enormous. Just about everyone in this news division has contributed in some manner to the coverage… but I’m especially proud of the resourceful crews, technicians, producers andreporters who dropped everything in order to establish our presence in Port au Prince and Santo Domingo.

Hats off to Brian Williams, Ann Curry, Al Roker, Kerry Sanders, Michelle Kosinski, Ron Allen, Bob Bazell, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, WNBC’s Tom Llamas and their teams of producers and crews who all traveled to a region without knowing the countless challenges they’d face. David Verdi’s Net desk team and bureaus have done brilliant jobs managing the logistical and news gathering efforts. We could not have pulled this off without them. At times like these, I am amazed by the breadth and depth of this news division: Over the past 72 hours, I’ve seen our comprehensive coverage on “Today,” “Nightly,” MSNBC, CNBC, msnbc.com, the Weather Channel, our owned and operated stations and the NBC affiliates all distributed through NBC Newschannel and via our international partners. This is just the beginning: There’s so much suffering… so much rebuilding to be done… so many

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