08/05/2013 10:21 am ET | Updated Oct 05, 2013

NBC News President Deborah Turness To Staffers: 'My First Job Is To Listen'


Incoming NBC News president Deborah Turness told staffers in a memo on Monday that her "first job" will be to "listen" to them as she starts her new role at the helm of the network.

Turness, who was named president of NBC News in May, wrote that she saw it as an "exciting time" for the division. Even so, she is facing plenty of difficulties, from the continued ratings problems at "Today" to much more closely fought battles in the evenings and on Sundays.

Formerly the editor of the UK's ITV News, Turness was still using British spelling in her memo, saying it was an "honour" to lead NBC.

Read the memo, which was obtained by The Huffington Post, below:

Dear friends and colleagues,

As I take up my role as President of News I already owe you thanks for the warmest reception possible. I have received such warm messages from so many people from right across the company.

It is both an honour and a privilege to be asked to lead NBC News. The power of the brand, the scale of the legacy, the depth of the talent all make this organisation truly great.

I am here to work with you all at an exciting time. Together we will plan how NBC News will meet the challenges it faces now and in the future - on TV, online and on mobile.

My first job is to listen. To hear from you and to gain an intimate understanding of how you operate. So whatever your role, department or location, I am interested in what you can tell me. This week I plan to spend time in key editorial meetings and to be 'out and about'. So please don't be surprised if I turn up in your edit bay or at your desk. I want to know how you work!

I look forward to getting to know you and to getting started.


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