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February 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

With more than two years remaining on a contract that he signed last year, Steve Capus announced today (Friday) that he is stepping down as president of NBC News, a position he has held since 2005. He had been appointed to the post by Jeff Zucker, who was then NBC Universal’s CEO. Following Capus’s resignation, speculation immediately arose that he may be joining Zucker at CNN, which Zucker now heads. In a message to staff, Capus gave no hint about his future plans, and he did not indicate why he had decided to step down. “Of course, it is an extremely difficult decision to walk away from a place that has been the backdrop for everything in my life since 1993,” he wrote in a message to staff. “Twenty years ago this month, I was handed my first NBC News ID card by Sharon Houston and Cheryl Gould. What a thrill for this NASCAR-loving kid from suburban Philadelphia who aspired from a young age to be a DJ at a rock ‘n’ roll radio station.”Capus is expected to remain at the helm of NBC News through a transition period.