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NBC News president Neal Shapiro to leave

Former ‘Dateline’ exec oversaw network's coverage of 9/11, Iraq
/ Source: msnbc.com

NBC News president Neal Shapiro is leaving the network.

Shapiro was in charge of NBC's news division for the past four years, during which he guided the network's coverage of 9/11 and the Iraq war, in addition to the past week's efforts on Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.

He also managed the departure of longtime "Nightly News" anchor Tom Brokaw and a transition to Brokaw's successor, Brian Williams, along with numerous changes at MSNBC.

(NBC is a partner with Microsoft in MSNBC.)

Previously, Shapiro was executive producer of "Dateline NBC," the network's flagship news magazine. He was named to the top post in June 2001.

Shapiro has said he approached Jeff Zucker, president of NBC Universal Television Group, several months ago about leaving his post. His last day on the job will be Sept. 9.

While NBC executives search for a replacement, Zucker appointed Steve Capus, senior vice president of the news division and a former executive producer of "NBC Nightly News," as acting president.