NBC's Bob Greenblatt announces Marc Graboff's exit
After news leaked Friday that NBC's West Coast business operations president Marc Graboff would be leaving the network after 11 years, his boss and the chairman of NBC Entertainment, Bob Greenblatt, sent an email to his staff announcing the move.
Graboff's upcoming exit, most likely in December, continues a wholesale makeover of the peacock network's executive ranks since Comcast Corp. took control of NBCUniversal in January.
The departure of Graboff was not exactly a surprise because his authority had been diminished in recent years, particularly after Comcast assumed control of the company. A few years ago, Graboff was the top business executive in charge the NBC broadcast network. He was the one constant at NBC throughout nearly a decade of management turmoil.
Here is an excerpt from Greenblatt's email to his staff:
"Lest the rumor mill get ahead of us, I wanted to let everyone know that Marc Graboff has decided to leave NBC after a long tenure in order to pursue a new chapter in his career. While I personally would have loved him to stay with us for this new phase of NBC, I know first-hand that feeling when it’s time to make a change in one’s career. We haven’t quite figured out the time table for his exit nor is there yet a plan to replace him but I wanted you to know that this is on the horizon and imminent."
-- Meg James
Photo of Bob Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment; Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times