NEW YORK, March 2 (UPI) -- NBC News has reassigned "Nightly News" executive producer John Reiss as the once-dominant New York-based newscast fights to regain lost audience ratings.
Reiss' last day was Friday, Daily Variety said. Senior broadcast producer Bob Epstein will guide the news broadcast until a permanent replacement is named.
Rumors that Reiss would let go as the "Nightly News" executive producer have circulated since he began work on the newscast. NBC anchor Brian Williams' slump was capped when ABC's Charles Gibson claimed the February ratings sweeps month, the first time ABC has won the evening news time period since 1996, when the late Peter Jennings relinquished first place to NBC's Tom Brokaw.