NEW YORK – March 22, 2012 – Princell Hair has been promoted to Senior Vice President, News and Talent, for the NBC Sports Group. Hair, who was previously Senior Vice President, News Operations, Comcast Sports Group, will begin his new role immediately and will report to Sam Flood, Executive Producer, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network.
In his new and expanded position, Hair, a veteran of more than two decades in the media industry, including the last 3½ years with Comcast, will oversee all talent recruitment, negotiation and development for the NBC Sports Group, including NBC Sports, NBC Sports Network, Golf Channel, and the 11 Comcast Regional Sports Networks, while also consulting with NBC Sports Digital. In addition, Hair will oversee the NBC Sports Group’s newsgathering operations and news strategy.
“Princell’s promotion is emblematic of one of our core strategies; putting talented people in roles that will help the entire group, said Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBC Sports Group. “His track record and experience will add value to every area of the NBC Sports Group.”
“Princell’s work with the regional sports networks has been impressive,” said Flood. “To be able to take his talent and leadership across all platforms of the NBC Sports Group was a natural fit, and we are fortunate to have him overseeing these important departments of our company.”
Hair joined Comcast Sports Group in June 2008, as Senior Vice President, News Operations, overseeing news, studio programming and digital content for the company’s regional sports, news and entertainment networks collectively serving more than 40 million households in leading markets across the country.
Hair’s two decades of national and local programming experience also include senior news programming positions with Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS) and Viacom. Hair served as Senior Vice President of Turner Broadcasting’s Strategic Planning Group, Senior Vice President of Program and Talent Development for CNN Worldwide, and Executive Vice President and General Manager of CNN/U.S., where he was responsible for the network’s day-to-day news operations, encompassing all aspects of programming and production, including oversight of CNN.com’s U.S.-based operations. Prior to Turner, he was Vice President of News for the Viacom Television Stations Group, coordinating news coverage for 39 television stations across the U.S.
Hair holds an MBA from Emory University, and a bachelor’s degree from Florida International University. He served for five years on the board of directors of the Radio and Television News Directors Association/Foundation (RTNDA/F), and currently serves on the board of visitors at Florida A&M University. He’s been a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Black MBA Association and the National Association of Broadcasters. He and his wife have four children.