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NBC scheduling chief Mitch Metcalf steps down

March 4, 2011 |  1:15 pm

Mitch Metcalf, NBC's top scheduling executive for more than a decade, is leaving the peacock network.

MitchMetcalf The move comes just four weeks after Bob Greenblatt took over as chairman of NBC Entertainment, and begins to assemble his own team. Metcalf, 45, is the second high-ranking NBC executive to depart in the wake of Comcast's takeover of NBC Universal. In January, programming chief Angela Bromstad left.

Insiders predict that other longtime executives will likely follow as Greenblatt attempts to shake up the organization.  A network representative confirmed the move, saying, "We mutually agreed to part ways."

NBC does not plan to fill the position. Lisa Vebber, a senior vice presdient of scheduling, will run the small department, which now has two people. 

Metcalf joined NBC in September 1999 after working at ABC in West Coast research for a decade. In his job, he was in charge of coming up with program strategy, including recommendations for what programs should go in the different time periods. 

Metcalf five years ago survived a near firing during the Kevin Reilly regime, but he stayed on and Reilly eventually was tossed out to make room for Ben Silverman, who was also eventually booted out.

-- Meg James

Photo: Mitch Metcalf. Credit: Chris Haston / NBC