March 4, 2015

Andy Lack, the former NBC executive rumored to be considering a return to the network, has stepped down from his position as CEO and director of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the agency announced Wednesday.

The Broadcasting Board of Governors announced today that CEO and Director Andrew Lack will be departing the agency. The agency will now begin work to attract an equally talented executive to help continue to transform our agency.

Lack did not specify a reason for his departure, but he will be in next week to explain his decision, a spokesperson for the Broadcasting Board of Governors told Poynter.

News of Lack’s departure tracks with reports that he’s angling for “a top job” at NBC, perhaps as chairman of NBC News Group, as Politico’s Dylan Byers reported Tuesday. Since rumors of Lack’s return to NBC began swirling Tuesday, several news organizations speculated that his appointment could coincide with a reinstatement of Brian Williams as anchor of the NBC Nightly News.

Lack joined the Broadcasting Board of Governors last year from his position as chairman of Bloomberg Media Group. Before joining Bloomberg, Lack was chief executive officer of Sony Music Entertainment, Inc. and chief operating officer and president of NBC Universal, Inc., according to his Bloomberg executive profile.

Support high-integrity, independent journalism that serves democracy. Make a gift to Poynter today. The Poynter Institute is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, and your gift helps us make good journalism better.
Benjamin Mullin is the managing editor of He previously reported for Poynter as a staff writer, Google Journalism Fellow and Naughton Fellow, covering journalism…
More by Benjamin Mullin

More News

Back to News