NBC Universal ups Blanchard to lead corporate comms

NEW YORK: NBC Universal has promoted Cameron Blanchard to SVP of corporate communications, effective October 22.

NEW YORK: NBC Universal has promoted Cameron Blanchard to SVP of corporate communications, effective October 22.

Blanchard will replace Kathy Kelly-Brown, who left the role earlier this month to oversee communications for the NBC Universal News Group, a division created in July that brought NBC News, CNBC, MSNBC, and the Weather Channel under one umbrella.

In her new role, Blanchard will lead media relations strategy and serve as the chief press spokesperson across NBC Universal's divisions and networks, including USA, E!, Bravo, Oxygen, Style Media, Telemundo, and digital businesses Fandango, DailyCandy, and iVillage.

She will also oversee corporate communications functions, such as internal communications, NBC stations and affiliates, ad sales, research, cable distribution, legal affairs, and diversity. She will report to EVP Adam Miller.

Blanchard was previously head of communications at NBC Universal's entertainment and digital networks and integrated media division. Prior to that, she led communications at Bravo Media for six years, during which she also took responsibility for Oxygen Media in 2008 after NBC Universal acquired the cable network. She also served as VP of NBC Entertainment East Coast communications for two years, managing press relations for primetime programming, movies and specials, and late-night programming in the region.

“[Blanchard] is smart, creative, committed, and extremely well respected both internally and externally,” Miller said, in a statement. “I have worked closely with [Blanchard] over the past two years and having seen firsthand how effective she is, I have no doubt that she will be a huge success and bring tremendous value in her new role.”

Earlier this month, former NBC Universal communications leader Allison Gollust joined New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's staff as director of communications.

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