March 3, 2004 |
NBC's "Princess Diana: The Secret Tapes" revisits the old territory unveiled in Andrew Morton's 1992 bestseller about the princess' unhappy marriage, but with a new twist: Viewers will for the first time hear the tapes, secretly recorded by Diana, that formed the basis for the book. NBC will include them along with never-seen video footage of Diana, taken by a speech coach she hired, in the two-hour program that airs the next two Thursdays at 10 p.m., preempting "ER."
November 2, 1987 |
They sought wealth, fame and social status. What they found instead was a shocking sequence of events that left their charismatic leader, his bodyguard and two others of their organization charged with murder. Sunday and next Monday, NBC will present "The Billionaire Boys Club," a two-part docudrama based on the lives of the members of that ill-fated club, a fraternity of the ambitious sons of some of Southern California's more affluent families.
March 23, 1989 |
Admitting the case was weak, the Long Beach city prosecutor Wednesday dropped charges that Don Jackson, a self-styled crusader against police brutality, resisted arrest during a secretly filmed "sting" in which a police officer appeared to shove Jackson's head through a plate glass window. Long Beach Municipal Judge Gary R. Hahn quickly agreed to the prosecutor's request for dismissal of the case against Jackson, who in turn claimed vindication of his efforts to expose police brutality.
July 24, 1991 |
NBC, in a move that is expected to be copied by other TV stations on the West Coast, has agreed to a test in which its Sacramento affiliate, KCRA-TV, will start its prime-time schedule an hour earlier. West Coast NBC affiliates have been petitioning the network for several years to advance the prime-time schedule to 7-10 p.m. from the traditional 8-11 p.m. period because of what is said to be "changing lifestyles" among viewers.
October 5, 1988 |
The NBC television network, which last week said it would turn a profit from its Olympic telecasts despite lower-than-expected ratings, reversed itself Tuesday and said it lost money on them. The admission, made two days after the Summer Games in South Korea ended, included a qualifier: The six TV stations that NBC owns, including KNBC Channel 4 in Los Angeles, posted what a spokesman said was "a small profit" on the Games.
April 28, 1988 |
Ted Turner confirmed Wednesday that his company is talking with NBC about acquiring rights to portions of the Summer Olympics that the network does not plan to broadcast itself. "We are having some discussions, as has been reported," he said. "I don't know what's going to happen. . . . We are having ongoing discussions. That's all I can say." Turner did not make clear where his Turner Broadcasting System would run such programming if NBC agrees to give up a portion of the U.S.
May 22, 1990 |
Network leader NBC, acknowledging that it is "vulnerable" after a season in which all of its new fall series failed and its ratings dropped, on Monday announced a major overhaul of its prime-time schedule, replacing six hours of programming for 1990-91. Enlisting such TV veterans as Jane Curtin, Ed Begley Jr. and Robert Urich, as well as rap music performers, NBC will present nine new series in the fall, seven of them comedies.
August 31, 1991 |
Because NBC owns the television rights to track and field's World Championships in Tokyo, TV outlets were barred Friday from showing Mike Powell's record-breaking long jump until it was shown on NBC's tape-delayed coverage at 12:30 a.m. Even NBC-owned Channel 4 wasn't supposed to show the jump, according to an NBC Sports spokesman in New York, but the station showed the jump anyway on all newscasts.
September 21, 1988 |
The Seoul Olympics: Who is selling what and whom? You're watching a relentless marketing of products, programs and people during the 179 1/2-hour marathon that NBC pretentiously titles "Games of the XXIV Olympiad." A colleague's perceptive 11-year-old son suggests a more accurate name: "Games of the XXIV Commercials." Twenty-four about every five minutes.
September 25, 1988 |
Two more weightlifters were disqualified from the Olympic Games Sunday for failing drug tests. Kalman Csengeri of Hungary and Fernando Mariaca of Spain failed urine tests administered by the International Olympic Committee's Medical Commission, which found traces of banned drugs in their system. Csengeri, who competed in the 165-pound class, was discovered to have used an anabolic steroid. Mariaca, in the 148 1/2-pound class, was found to have used an amphetamine.