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This undated image provided by NBC shows newly named president of NBC News, Deborah Turness. She's the former editor for ITV
This undated image provided by NBC shows newly named president of NBC News, Deborah Turness. She's the former editor for ITV News, Britain's top commercial news producer. (AP Photo/NBC)

On a snowy evening in December, Brian Williams and his wife, Jane, met with a small group of NBC executives for a ­celebratory dinner in a private room at Del Posto, Mario Batali’s restaurant in Chelsea. Williams had just notched his tenth anniversary anchoring the top-­rated Nightly News, and NBC Universal CEO Steve Burke wanted to commemorate the past—and lock in the network’s future. For months, Williams had been in contract negotiations with Burke, a standoff NBC couldn’t afford to lose. Williams was the face of NBC News, with a nightly audience of more than 8 million people. More important, his program was an island of stability in a news division roiled by a series of self-inflicted crises.

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