A familiar face has gotten a promotion at the Today Show.
Don Nash, who has worked on the show for the past 23 years, has been named the formerly-top-ranked morning program's executive producer. It is the same title that was held by Jim Bell, who just left the show after seven years in charge to oversee NBC's Olympics coverage full time. Nash, however, will report to the newly-installed Alexandra Wallace, another NBC News vet who was just named Executive in Charge.
"Don Nash deserves to be at the helm of Today," Steve Capus, NBC News President, said in a statement. "He is a beloved member of the Today family who brings vision, commitment and a deep familiarity to all aspects of the broadcast. The formidable individual talents of Alex, Don and the Today leadership are now combined and I’m confident our team is well positioned for success."
Bell left the show after a troubled summer in which Ann Curry was removed from the anchor's chair after just one year, replaced by Savannah Guthrie, which rubbed many viewers the wrong way. Bell was an advocate of that move. Today had its 16-plus-year streak of being number one in the ratings broken earlier in the year, and ABC's Good Morning America is now the consistent top-rated program in early morning television.
Nash most recently produced the show from within the broadcast control room, and helped run major news events, from elections and the Royal Wedding to the capture of Osama bin Laden to the Olympics, for Today.