The Times is promoting Theo Balcomb, the managing producer of The Daily, to the broader position of Executive Producer of The Daily and News. From the official announcement, circulated yesterday:
When Theo Balcomb walked in the door of The New York Times a little over two years ago, there was no such thing as a daily news podcast. Not just at The Times. Period. At that point, the notion that a podcast would expire after one day seemed absurd. But Theo — coming off a stint as the youngest supervising producer for “All Things Considered,” NPR’s flagship afternoon program — had long believed daily news was an opportunity waiting to be seized. And so she’d decided to take a risk — coming to The Times in the earliest days of the Audio team, knowing only that The Times also wanted to make a daily news program, and believed there was something there.
Two years later, “The Daily” is a runaway hit, with more than 1.7 million people listening each day. It has transformed our audience’s relationship with The Times and brought in an entirely new audience, which has been introduced to and fallen in love with The Times and its journalists in this form. So much of that success belongs to Theo..
… In the midst of all this, Theo — never satisfied with the status quo — has also developed and launched new ways of bringing people into the “Daily” world. She nearly single-handedly brought “The Daily” to the radio. She has been exploring what’s possible in voice, overseeing our new flash briefing experience and our experiment in a news quiz. And her ambitions for Year Three are only greater. It’s for all these reasons that Theo is being promoted into a new leadership role on the Audio team, executive producer, “The Daily” and News.
My understanding is that the promotion is a formalization of all the responsibilities that Balcomb had already been handling. Well deserved.