NBCUniversal’s newly appointed CEO, Jeff Shell, has tested positive for the corona virus.
In a memo to staff on Wednesday, Shell said he was diagnosed with the virus after feeling ill.
“I have recently felt under the weather and just been told that I have tested positive for Covid-19,” Shell wrote. “Although the virus has been difficult to manage, I have been able to work remotely in LA and improve every day.”
Last week, an employee, NBC News technician, Larry Edgeworth, passed away from coronavirus.
Earlier this week, an older segment producer on MSNBC detained an anonymous open letter demanding that NBCUniversal’s headquarters, 30 Rock, be closed in light of Edgeworth’s death and the nature of the fast-spreading virus.
Since last week, employees at NBCUniversal have been released from home whenever possible. But in many cases, workers at company channels NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC, Telemundo and local stations still have to go into the office.
Shell thanked the employees for their “courage”.
“The virus will pass, our world will return to normal, and when it does, we will have one of the busiest and most exciting years in our company’s history,” he concluded.