Ahr’s exit comes a little over two months after the exit of NBC Entertainment head Paul Telegdy. Ahr was named president of the Alternative and Reality Group back in 2018. In that role, she oversaw all aspects of unscripted programming at the broadcast network, Universal Television Alternative Studio, and first-run syndication. She became president of Universal Television Alternative Studio in 2016 to launch and build the studio.
NBCUniversal is quietly looking to replace top reality TV executive Meredith Ahr who was accused of cultivating a toxic workplace in a bombshell report in late July.
One of the most influential players in unscripted television just got a much bigger gig. Meredith Ahr, the head of Universal Television Alternative Studio, has been promoted to now oversee unscripted output at the broadcast network as well. She fills the vacancy left by her longtime boss Paul Telegdy, who was elevated to co-chairman of NBC at the top of the fall season.
Meredith Ahr also extends her contract, serving as president of the new in-house initiative that will supply unscripted fare to NBC and other outlets.
In her new role, 11-year NBC veteran Meredith Ahr will be charged with creative oversight of Universal Television’s growing roster of reality producers.