NEW YORK – NBC is changing the backstage leadership at its struggling Today show, which has consistently been behind ABC’s Good Morning America in the ratings since replacing Ann Curry as an anchor this summer.
An NBC executive who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the plan is not finalized said Monday that Jim Bell will be replaced as the show’s executive producer.
Veteran NBC News executive Alexandra Wallace will oversee management of Today and a search is under way for Bell’s successor.
NBC Sports said Bell will become executive producer of NBC’s Olympics coverage, a role he took on this summer for the network’s successful coverage of the London Olympics.
Bell came forward several weeks ago to say that removing Curry was his decision.
Wallace, top deputy to NBC News president Steve Capus and a former NBC Nightly News executive producer, only recently was picked to replace the executive producer of Brian Williams’ low-rated newsmagazine, Rock Center.