Don Nash, the senior broadcast producer of NBC's "Today," has been promoted to executive producer of the morning show, NBC said Wednesday.
Nash replaces Jim Bell, who moved to NBC Sports on Tuesday.
Nash will assume his new position Dec. 1. Alexandra Wallace, a senior vice president of NBC News who was reported earlier this week to be Bell's chosen successor, has instead been appointed executive in charge of "Today," and will have executive oversight over the program. As executive producer, Nash will report to Wallace.
Bell, who had served as executive producer of "Today" since 2005 and was blamed for co-host Ann Curry's messy firing earlier this year, will executive-produce NBC Universal's Olympic Games coverage.
Nash, who began with NBC as a page in 1989, has been with "Today" for 23 years, and had recently overseen the renovation of "Today"'s studio exterior and video wall. He was responsible for the production of "Today"'s Olympics coverage in London this summer, as well as the coverage of the royal wedding.
"Don Nash deserves to be at the helm of 'Today,'" NBC News president Steve Capus said. "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." Nash's predecessor Bell added that he's "thrilled" for his successor. "I am thrilled for Don and for 'Today.' We have spent nearly every weekday morning together for almost eight years, and I know firsthand the show will benefit from Don's unmatched morning television experience, control room skill and leadership," Bell said.