With Ownership in Flux, NBC Won’t Hold TCA Executive Session

Presenting old or new leadership would have been awkward

With NBC about to be under new management, the network faced a complicated decision over whether to have its old executives or its new ones present its shows to critics.

It's opted for neither.

The network's schedule for next Thursday's presentation to the Television Critics Association includes no executive session, the traditional Q&A where reporters ask the big- picture questions about networks and their goals.

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Old or new presenters would have been in an awkward situation. The Federal Communications Commission is currently reviewing whether to approve Comcast's acquisition of NBCU — its expected to go through — and the network has already announced a new management slate.

Jeff Gaspin, then the chairman of NBC Universal Television Entertainment, and primetime entertainment president Angela Bromstad presented at TCAs in July, but Gaspin resigned in NBC's management shakeup and Bromtad would have had to answer questions in an atmosphere of uncertainty.

Of course, if the FCC approves the merger before Thursday, NBC could always invite Bob Greenblatt, named as its new entertainment chairman, to field questions. But the well-liked executive would probably have more smiles than answers so early into his new job.