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News of Capus' departure was first reported by Politico.
In the memo, Capus, who has run NBC News since 2005, said that it was an "extremely difficult decision" to leave. He will exit in the coming weeks, and has named no successor.
His departure, as the New York Times' Brian Stelter noted, has been a topic of conversation for months. He was reportedly unhappy with the network's recent management shakeup, which put executive Patricia Fili-Krushel in charge of NBC's news operations and meant that he no longer reported directly to NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke.
In her own email to staff, Fili-Krushel laid out an interim management structure for the network until she appoints a new president.
Capus presided over a relatively stable time at NBC News. It remained, for most of his tenure, the top-rated news network on television, though in the last year "Today" has fallen behind its competitors and "Meet the Press" has seen its ratings squeezed. NBC News also weathered the death of Tim Russert while Capus was in charge.
Source: Huffington Post Media