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Although Lack has spent the bulk of his career in advertising and television, he does have a close relationship with Sir Howard Stringer, the head of Sony Corp. of America, who made the appointment.
LACK LOOKS TO PROVIDE
LUSTER TO SONY MUSIC
Ex-NBC/CBS Exec Will Take Over Music Company Next Month
He's moving from TV to face the music.

NBC President/COO Andrew Lack is leaving the network to become head of Sony Corp.'s music division to replace the just-departed Thomas D. Mottola, according to published reports.

Lack is expected to take office early next month.

Although Lack has spent the bulk of his career in advertising and television, he does have a close relationship with Sir Howard Stringer, the head of Sony Corp. of America, who made the appointment. The two worked together for many years at CBS, where Stringer was a top executive.

Lack's departure from NBC had been rumored almost since he started the job in 2001 after clashing with the network's veteran chief executive Bob Wright, reportedly over turf and management issues. But General Electric Chairman Jeffery Immelt supported Lack's remaining in his position at the network.

Sources say NBC isn't planning to fill Lack's position.

In his NBC post, Lack oversaw the operations of Entertainment, News, MSNBC, Network, Stations, CNBC, Sales and Broad & Network Operations, reporting to Wright. Although he has no music experience, Lack did launch the short-lived Rock & Roll Evening News in the '80s, an early music-oriented magazine show.

Before taking his current post as NBC President/COO, the 55-year-old Lack had been president of NBC News since April 1993, transforming the network division into the most-watched news organization in the world, with Today, NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw and Meet the Press all #1 in their respective time periods. He also helped create the primetime Dateline NBC magazine show, presided over the creation of MSNBC with Microsoft and oversaw the programming of CNBC, making it the #1 financial news cable network. Lack was named the "Most Powerful Person in TV News" for four consecutive years by Electronic Media magazine.

Prior to joining NBC, Lack spent 17 years at CBS from 1976-'93, including working as a producer on 60 Minutes and CBS Reports, an executive producer on Our Times With Bill Moyer and creating the newsmagazine show West 57th. He started out at the network as a producer for the CBS News show Who's Who. The Boston University School of Arts graduate earned a BFA in acting in 1968 and went on to attend the Sorbonne in Paris.

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