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.
March 7, 2001 |
"Frasier's" latest marital cliffhanger was played out behind the scenes, as NBC and the show's production company, Paramount Television Group, finalized a three-year deal late Monday to continue their relationship--extending the Emmy-winning comedy through an 11th season and matching the historic run of its antecedent "Cheers."
February 10, 2000 |
Underscoring the eroding economics of network television and the rising tensions between the networks and their station affiliates, NBC said Wednesday that it is considering replacing its broadcast affiliate in San Francisco, KRON, with an alternative distributor. The development came in response to an announcement Wednesday by KRON's owner, Young Broadcasting Inc., that it will severe ties with NBC in San Francisco when its affiliation agreement expires Dec.
March 28, 1994 |
About 6 1/2 years after NBC first began trying to turn Randy Shilts' landmark book on AIDS into a TV movie, "And the Band Played On" finally makes it to the network tonight. Only the movie isn't really NBC's at all. It's HBO's, which picked up the ball when NBC abandoned the project about four years ago. The film debuted on the pay-cable channel last September. NBC has edited about 40 minutes from the original to fit it into a two-hour time slot and make room for commercials.
September 3, 1987 |
The strike against NBC by 2,800 technicians and off-camera news staffers continued in its 10th week Wednesday after federally mediated negotiations broke off after eight days. "We were not able to resolve the dispute," said a spokeswoman for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in Washington, where officials of NBC and the National Assn. of Broadcast Employees and Technicians had met. The agency called off the talks Tuesday night after nine hours of bargaining.