26 MAR 2020


Comcast-owned NBCUniversal Chief Executive Officer Jeff Shell has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a memo to staff on Thursday.

26 MAR 2020

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Through a memo, the CEO of NBCUniversal Jeff Shell, revealed that he has coronavirus. “Although the virus has been tough to cope with, I have managed to work remotely in LA and am improving every day,” wrote. And added: "While the virus has been a difficult thing to deal with, I have been able to continue working remotely from Los Angeles and am recovering."

The CEO thanked his employees for their hard work and asked them to work from home to prevent further coronavirus infections. Shell, previously chairman of NBCUniversal Film and Entertainment, took over the CEO spot in January, replacing Steve Burke. Along with its industry peers, NBCUniversal is taking a significant financial hit from the coronavirus outbreak. The company has temporarily closed its theme parks and suspended its sports productions and most of its film and TV production.

As the U.S. broadcaster of the Tokyo Olympics, NBCUniversal had planned to heavily market its forthcoming streaming service, Peacock, during the games, which on Tuesday were postponed until 2021. NBC had sold more than $1.25 billion in national advertising, a new record for any broadcaster for the games. As of March 3, nearly 90% of its ad inventory for the games had been booked.