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January 11, 2010 | By Scott Collins
For the past several years, NBC executives have been promising to revolutionize broadcast television. On Sunday, the network sent a different message: Never mind. In a remarkable session with reporters at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena, Jeff Gaspin, chairman of NBC Universal Television Entertainment, confirmed that next month the network would end its heavily publicized experiment to replace costly scripted dramas with Jay Leno's much cheaper 10 p.m. talk show, which by delivering low ratings sparked a mutiny among NBC-affiliated stations.
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January 11, 2010 | By Scott Collins
For the past several years, NBC executives have been promising to revolutionize broadcast television. On Sunday, the network sent a different message: Never mind. In a remarkable session with reporters at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena, Jeff Gaspin, chairman of NBC Universal Television Entertainment, confirmed that next month the network would end its heavily publicized experiment to replace costly scripted dramas with Jay Leno's much cheaper 10 p.m. talk show, which by delivering low ratings sparked a mutiny among NBC-affiliated stations.
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August 3, 2009 | Meg James
Not long ago, Jeff Gaspin was known inside NBC Universal as a "man without a country." The executive floated from job to job, collecting clunky titles such as executive vice president for alternative series, longform, specials and program strategy. No one can say that now. Last week, the man without a country gained an empire as the reserved 48-year-old executive was thrust into the No. 2 job at NBC Universal, directly under Chief Executive Jeff Zucker.
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August 3, 2009 | Meg James
Not long ago, Jeff Gaspin was known inside NBC Universal as a "man without a country." The executive floated from job to job, collecting clunky titles such as executive vice president for alternative series, longform, specials and program strategy. No one can say that now. Last week, the man without a country gained an empire as the reserved 48-year-old executive was thrust into the No. 2 job at NBC Universal, directly under Chief Executive Jeff Zucker.
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July 28, 2009 | Meg James
One of Hollywood's juiciest television dramas came to a close Monday when NBC Entertainment chief Ben Silverman said he was leaving the network after two tumultuous years. In the end, NBC Universal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker's big gamble to hand over the keys to NBC's storied legacy to an aggressive young television producer who vowed to revolutionize the network backfired.
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October 19, 2009 | Joe Flint
Baltimore may be called Charm City, but for WBAL -- the local television station that carries NBC's "The Jay Leno Show" -- there isn't much to smile about lately. Usually, WBAL is in a neck-and-neck race for viewers against arch rival WJZ. But since NBC debuted "The Jay Leno Show" in prime time five weeks ago, the station's 11 p.m. newscast -- where silver-haired Rod Daniels' 25-year run as anchor is the longest in Baltimore history -- has been shellacked in the ratings. Now WBAL is a distant second.
BUSINESS
January 28, 2004
USA Networks President Doug Herzog will leave his job to head Viacom Inc.'s Comedy Central channel. Herzog will stay on at USA Networks until General Electric Co.-owned NBC completes its planned merger with Vivendi Universal's film, theme park and TV operation, which includes USA, a source familiar with the matter said. Herzog decided to leave his job after he learned that he would not head the proposed NBC-Universal cable operation, the source said.
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December 23, 2010 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
NBC Universal won't be ringing in the new year as part of the Comcast Corp. family. The cable giant confirmed Wednesday that despite earlier hopes the purchase would close this year, its proposed deal to acquire control of General Electric Co.'s film and television division won't get through regulatory review and be finished until 2011. In a statement, Comcast said although the cable company believes the Federal Communications Commission and U.S. Justice Department continue to make "substantial process toward approval of our transaction ... it now appears that we will not be able to close the transaction with GE relating to NBC Universal by year-end.
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November 26, 2003 | From Associated Press
Card playing -- an activity that filled the evening hours before television was invented -- has improbably become one of TV's hottest programming trends. After less than a year, the World Poker Tour is already the Travel Channel's most popular series ever, a status NBC Sports took note of recently in announcing it would air a poker game on Super Bowl Sunday.
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January 12, 2010 | By Meg James
Conan O'Brien, caught in NBC's late-night shuffle, found encouragement Monday from rival network Fox. NBC confirmed Sunday that it was pulling the plug on the prime-time "Jay Leno Show" after just four months, and would shift Leno back to his longtime 11:35 p.m. slot in March. Although Leno has signed off on the time-period switch, O'Brien, the other person involved in the matter, hasn't agreed yet. O'Brien took over the storied "Tonight Show" in June when Leno stepped down to prepare for his prime-time show.
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July 28, 2009 | Meg James
One of Hollywood's juiciest television dramas came to a close Monday when NBC Entertainment chief Ben Silverman said he was leaving the network after two tumultuous years. In the end, NBC Universal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker's big gamble to hand over the keys to NBC's storied legacy to an aggressive young television producer who vowed to revolutionize the network backfired.
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May 6, 2008 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
Is "Project Runway" falling apart at the seams? NBC Universal said Monday that it had signed an exclusive pact with the production team behind the hit cable program, a look inside the fashion industry. The move comes less than a month after Lifetime Networks announced that it had sewn up the rights to the popular franchise, hosted by supermodel Heidi Klum, after outbidding NBC Universal, which had run the program on its Bravo cable channel since its birth in 2004.
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February 25, 2009 | Associated Press
HBO on your PC? It could happen sooner than you think. Wary of the growing number of consumers watching TV shows online for free -- and yet reluctant to upset viewers by yanking shows from the Internet -- the nation's largest cable operators are in talks with media conglomerates to take back control. They would create a platform to release cable TV shows online, but exclusively for paying subscribers. It's a delicate dance for those involved, which include Comcast Corp., Time Warner Cable Inc.
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