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(May 8, 2001) -- Andrew Lack, president of NBC News, has been named the network's president and chief operating officer.

Mr. Lack will have additional authority over NBC's cable networks, NBC Entertainment, NBC stations, advertising sales and affiliate relations. He will report to Bob Wright, who moves from president to chairman of the network.

Mr. Wright has been NBC's leader since 1986, and he will continue to oversee NBC's Olympic efforts, NBC Sports, CNBC International and all of the network's staff operations. During a conference call, Mr. Wright said the intent with this move was to shift some of his heavy workload.

Since becoming vice-chairman of NBC's parent, General Electric Co., last July, Mr. Wright has been more involved at GE, helping Jeff Immelt, the company's incoming chairman, who is replacing Jack Welch.

Mr. Lack became president of NBC News in April 1993. Before that he worked for 17 years at CBS News. -- Wayne Friedman

Copyright May 2001, Crain Communications Inc.

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