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NBC News veteran Patrick Burkey named show's executive producer

July 20, 2011 |  4:08 pm

NBC News veteran Patrick Burkey named show's executive producer

A shuffle at the top of "NBC Nightly News" is complete, with Patrick Burkey officially named Wednesday to the executive producer position at the top-rated telecast.

The news comes a day after executive producer Bob Epstein was reassigned to NBC News' specials division. Burkey is being promoted from the position of weekend executive producer for both "NBC Nightly News" and "Today."

The promotion continues a relationship between the producer and Brian Williams, whose show Burkey produced when the anchor was still at MSNBC. Burkey has been with NBC News since 1995.

Burkey's ascension comes during a rare bright period for the broadcast news business, with all three network newscasts showing growth in recent weeks compared with the same weeks last year. NBC News has been the highest rated among the trio of network news shows for nearly 100 consecutive weeks.

The change also comes as Scott Pelley settles into the anchor chair at rival CBS, where he took over the "CBS Evening News" nearly two months ago.


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Photo: Anchor Brian Williams on the set of "NBC Nightly News." Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times