NBC News president Noah Oppenheim signed a new contract with the network even as controversy surrounding the network’s handling of Matt Lauer alleged sexual harassment began swirling, reports The Hollywood Reporter and The Wall Street Journal.
NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke has continued to voice support for Oppenheim following the publication of Ronan Farrow’s book “Catch and Kill.”
Farrow’s book claims NBC execs tried to cover up previous allegations against Lauer.
Farrow has previously claimed that NBC stopped him from reporting about accusations against Harvey Weinstein when he worked for the network.
Farrow’s book also purports that NBC stopped the Weinstein story after the media mogul threatened to reveal dirt on Lauer.
Meanwhile, Oppenheim has denied any knowledge of Lauer’s alleged behavior before a November 2017 report that lead to Lauer being fired shortly after.
NBC News and MSNBC Chairman Andy Lack is expected to retire after the 2020 elections and Oppenheim is widely considered the heir apparent for that job.
The Wall Street Journal originally reported news of Oppenheim’s contract extension.