The New York Times’ Bill Carter writes about Mark Whitaker coming to NBC News…
In a telephone interview yesterday Mr. Whitaker acknowledged that he has no previous experience on the television side of journalism, other than supervising NBC’s use of Newsweek correspondents on many of its news programs.
“I had lots of dealings with NBC News in the course of placing our people on TV for them,” Mr. Whitaker said. “But the TV part of the job will be new for me.”
Mr. Capus said he had no concerns about Mr. Whitaker’s lack of television experience. “That is not an issue at all,” Mr. Capus said in a telephone interview. “His journalism skills are what count here.”
Mr. Whitaker said Mr. Capus approached him about moving into television in conversations that began about eight weeks ago. “I liked the idea of working with him,” Mr. Whitaker said.