NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke expected to step down in 2020, according to new report

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  • NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke is expected to step down from his post next year, according to Variety.
  • Multiple sources told the outlet that Jeff Shell, the chairman of NBCUniversal Film and Entertainment, will most likely take Burke’s place.
  • It’s unclear when exactly Burke would step down, as his contact formally expires in August.
  • The news comes amid allegations from the journalist Ronan Farrow in the book “Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators” claiming that Burke and other NBC executives tried to bury his investigative reporting about the film producer Harvey Weinstein.
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NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke is expected to step down from his post next year, according to Variety.

Multiple sources told the outlet that Jeff Shell, the chairman of NBCUniversal Film and Entertainment, would most likely take Burke’s place.

In January, the company shook up its executive ranks to prepare for its launch of a streaming service, which gave Shell oversight of NBC Entertainment, Telemundo, and NBCUniversal’s international operations.

Variety cited sources as saying Burke could depart before his contract expires next August.

A filing reported by CBS News indicated that Burke was the highest-paid employee at NBCUniversal’s parent company, Comcast, in 2018, earning almost $40 million.

The news comes amid allegations from the journalist Ronan Farrow in his book “Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators,” published in October, claiming that Burke and other NBC executives tried to bury his investigative reporting against the film producer Harvey Weinstein.

Farrow uncovered allegations of sexual harassment against Weinstein in an investigation that was eventually published by The New Yorker in 2017 and won a shared Pulitzer Prize. According to Farrow, Burke made the ultimate decision for NBC News not to run the story.

In his book, Farrow wrote that one of Weinstein’s staff described Burke as “in Weinstein’s pockets.”

Burke has also taken heat for his handling of allegations of sexual harassment at NBC News. According to Farrow, Burke was warned about a culture of harassment at NBC News in 2015, two years before the anchor Matt Lauer was fired amid misconduct allegations from three initial accusers.