October 27, 1998 |
NBC unveiled a succession plan for its entertainment division Monday, naming Scott Sassa president of NBC Entertainment and the eventual replacement for Don Ohlmeyer, president of NBC West Coast, who will oversee the transition to new management until his contract expires at the end of next year.
August 30, 1998 |
It's seemingly been a summer of discontent for the major television networks. Combined ratings have slid to record lows, renewing questions about broadcasting's future amid the plethora of choices now available to most viewers via cable, satellite dishes and the Internet, with digital TV and other technological advances on the horizon. Looking back no further than Richard Nixon's presidency, the percentage of audience watching ABC, CBS and NBC in prime time has fallen from roughly 90% to 47%.
July 12, 1997 |
Throughout the debate over adding content-based labels to television programs, NBC West Coast President Don Ohlmeyer has remained one of the few entertainment executives willing to directly challenge the industry's critics on the issue. Nevertheless, it came as a surprise when NBC rejected the amended ratings just adopted (albeit with considerable reluctance) by its industry brethren, citing concerns about government intrusion into programming decisions.
December 6, 1996 |
Don Ohlmeyer, the head of NBC West Coast who is credited with taking the network to No. 1 in the ratings this year, checked himself into the Betty Ford Center on Thursday for a 28-day treatment program for alcohol dependency. Warren Littlefield, the president of NBC Entertainment, will temporarily take over Ohlmeyer's responsibilities.
October 16, 1996 |
News directors and executives from more than 200 NBC-affiliated TV stations attending a network-sponsored gathering last week heard an unexpected and harsh critique of KNBC-TV Channel 4 and the news media by Don Ohlmeyer, president of NBC West Coast, sources said. The remarks from Ohlmeyer came after the executives, who were in the middle of a closed-door session at the Sheraton Grande Hotel during the opening day of the annual Radio-Television News Directors Assn.