The president of NBC News, Noah Oppenheim, was featured in the Hollywood Reporter on Thursday, wherein he talked about new hire Megyn Kelly and his views on the state of today’s journalism.
Formerly of Fox News, Kelly will debut her Sunday night news magazine this week. And, in September, she will host a new, daily morning show which will replace the last hour of the “Today” show.
When asked about other morning news programming, Oppenheim complimented CBS Morning News, but said that “Today” is the best thing going.
“For a long time, there was no real morning offering on CBS. They’ve obviously, in the last few years, built a show that’s appealing to a largely older audience, and they deserve credit,” he said, adding, “But I would argue, on any given morning, there’s more news being talked about — and certainly more news being made — on Today than any other morning broadcast.”
When asked about how MSNBC’s far left ideological translates to potential conservative and independent viewers, Oppenheim gave NBC News viewers credit for being “sophisticated enough to understand the difference between informed opinion in prime time and objective journalism.” He further stated that “hard news reporting has become more of MSNBC’s identity.”
Questioned about why cable news networks are faring so much better than the “legacy broadcast programs” since President Trump took office, Oppenheim dismissed cable viewers as “a subsection that wants to live in the echo chamber of hearing their own beliefs reinforced,” and explained that they’re the ones “fueling a lot of cable’s rise.”
“Has the administration’s combative stance with the media affected your reporters’ work?” was another question asked of the network executive.
“I don’t think it’s healthy for democracy when the press is attacked in that way [by the White House]. But my advice to our [team] is to keep their heads down and do their work. We’re not going to allow ourselves to get sucked into a back-and-forth over who should be trusted,” he said.
And, on the subject of Trump’s taxes, Oppenheim stood firm. “I do think that we are right to keep asking for them,” he stated.
Asked his opinion on the Fox News sexual harassment scandals, Oppenheim replied, “If I were running any organization, I would never allow a culture like that to exist.”
H/T: Hollywood Reporter
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