Steve Capus resigns as president of NBC News

steve-capus-nbc-news.jpgNBC News president Steve Capus resigned from the network Friday (Feb. 1), leaving a job he's held for nearly eight years.

"It has been a privilege to have spent two decades here, but it is now time to head in a new direction," Capus writes in a memo to NBC News staffers. "I have informed Pat Fili-Krushel [chairwoman of the NBCUniversal News Group] that I will be leaving NBC News in the coming weeks."

There's already speculation that Capus will join former NBC chief Jeff Zucker at CNN, but neither he nor CNN has anything to say about it at the moment.

Capus' departure doesn't come as a surprise to followers of the TV-news business. He had a clause in his contract that allowed him to leave if he had to report to anyone other than NBC Universal CEO Steve Burke -- which he has since last summer, when Burke put all of the company's news properties (NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC and the Weather Channel, which NBCU has a stake in) under one unit headed by Fili-Krushel.

Capus has been with NBC News since 1993. He was the executive producer of "NBC Nightly News" for four years before moving up to run the division.
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