In the winter of 2013, she met Turness for tea at Sarabeth’s on the Upper East Side, and they ended up talking for hours. As top editor of ITV News, a commercial competitor to the BBC, Turness had become the first woman to run a TV-news division in Britain. Under her command, ITV’s news programs dominated the ratings. Producers dubbed her “Mad Dog” for her style of shooting ideas at her staff and constantly driving them to land exclusives. “Deborah is one of the most talented executives I’ve worked with,” says John Hardie, CEO of ITV’s parent company. “She’s the rare combination of someone who is a creative talent, someone with ideas, who is driven, but who also combines that with an inspirational style of leadership.”
Later, when Letterman and the audience have gone home, Adele plays a small gig in the Ed Sullivan theatre for local fans. She starts with "Hometown Glory", invoking a London of cracked pavements and familiar smells where her family and friends are waiting to give her a proper celebration. Both her single and her album hold fast at No 1 in the UK charts the following week, and then for a further month after that, indenturing Adele a new status in British music, prompting the chief of the Official Chart Company to gush, "We are witnessing a superstar in the making."