NBC News President Noah Oppenheim is facing complaints of self-dealing from his own news division staffers. It’s an unwelcome addition to the controversies he’s already confronting from both inside and outside NBC over his alleged quashing of stories that exposed sexual misconduct by powerful men who have done business with the Peacock Network.
Several NBC News staffers this week expressed outrage that Oppenheim and his wife Allison have been benefiting from NBC’s on-air promotion of apparently lucrative side projects on which Today show star Savannah Guthrie has been collaborating with the boss’ wife.
And while Oppenheim has faced calls for his dismissal, with a women’s rights group scheduled to rally outside 30 Rockefeller Plaza on Wednesday, he’s found an ally in Guthrie. The Daily Beast has confirmed that Guthrie and Today co-host Hoda Kotb recently defended Oppenheim, and urged that he be kept on, to NBCUniversal chairman Steve Burke.
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