Cesar Conde Stresses Commitment to Trustworthy News Amid Controversy

NBCUniversal News Group Chairman Cesar Conde emphasized the importance of delivering trustworthy information to viewers during NBC's Upfront presentation. Conde highlighted the significance of trustworthy information, particularly in momentous times, and thanked advertisers for their continued support.

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Cesar Conde Stresses Commitment to Trustworthy News Amid Controversy

Cesar Conde Stresses Commitment to Trustworthy News Amid Controversy

NBCUniversal News Group Chairman Cesar Conde emphasized the importance of delivering trustworthy information to viewers during NBC's Upfront presentation on Monday, nearly two months after the controversy surrounding the hiring of Ronna McDaniel raised questions about his leadership. Speaking at Radio City Music Hall, Conde stated, "It's a responsibility we take very seriously."

Why this matters: The commitment to trustworthy news is crucial in today's media landscape, where misinformation can have significant consequences. The integrity of news organizations like NBCUniversal News Group plays a vital role in maintaining a well-informed public and upholding democratic values.

Conde highlighted the significance of trustworthy information, particularly in "momentous times" when audiences rely heavily on news networks. He proudly mentioned the iconic and trusted brands under the NBCUniversal News Group umbrella, including NBC News, CNBC, MSNBC, Telemundo, and local stations and affiliates.

"We are living in momentous times," Conde said. "The most trustworthy information is when we have our highest levels of engagement. And when our audiences most rely on us." NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt also spoke at the presentation, emphasizing the passion and commitment of the network's journalists. "Our journalists are passionate about what we do. Every day we bring our commitment and our courage, without fear or favor, to everywhere we go and everything we do," Holt said.

Conde concluded his remarks by thanking advertisers for their continued support, underscoring the vital role strong news organizations play in democracies. "Thank you for your continuing support. Without you we cannot be who we are, who the nation needs us to be," Conde said. "Together we know that strong news organizations equal strong democracies, here and everywhere."

Conde has served as NBCUniversal News Group chairman for four years, having been elevated to the position in 2020. During his tenure, he has expanded his oversight to include NBCUniversal Local and NBCU Telemundo Enterprises Group. The Upfront presentation also featured remarks from other NBCUniversal executives, including Donna Langley, Chairman of NBCUniversal Studio Group and Chief Content Officer, and Mark Lazarus, NBCU Media Group Chairman.

As NBCUniversal shifts its focus towards film, with Peacock positioning Universal films in the pay-1 release window, Conde's remarks serve as a reminder of the news division's commitment to delivering trustworthy information to viewers. The presentation highlighted the upcoming release of the film adaptation of Wicked on November 27, as well as Peacock's growing subscriber base of 34 million and the success of films like Oppenheimer on the streaming service.

Key Takeaways

  • NBCUniversal News Group Chairman Cesar Conde emphasizes importance of trustworthy information.
  • Conde highlights significance of trusted brands like NBC News, CNBC, and MSNBC.
  • Lester Holt stresses passion and commitment of network's journalists.
  • Conde thanks advertisers for support, underscoring role of strong news organizations in democracies.
  • NBCUniversal News Group remains committed to delivering trustworthy information amidst industry shifts.