June 7, 2003 |
With a whopping $2.2-billion bid, NBC won the right Friday to televise the 2010 Winter Games and 2012 Summer Olympics to viewers in the United States. The General Electric Co.-owned network, which has televised every Summer Games since 1988, beat out ABC and Fox with its commitment to pay $820 million in fees for the 2010 Winter Games, $1.18 billion for the 2012 Summer Olympics and $200 million, mostly for promotional and marketing fees.
May 1, 2003 |
Richard Engel, a freelance journalist who became ABC's constant on-air presence from Baghdad during the Iraq war after the network's own reporters left for safety reasons, has parlayed his high-profile work into a full-time job -- but for NBC. Both networks made him offers, but money wasn't a factor, Engel, 29, said Wednesday. "NBC seems like a network that is growing and flourishing, and it helps that they're in first place," he said.
February 12, 2003 |
Keith Olbermann's broadcasting career took another turn Tuesday when it was announced that he would be returning to NBC as a host for the network's cable coverage of the 2004 Summer Olympics at Athens. Olbermann will appear on MSNBC on weekdays and CNBC on weekends during the Olympics. "Keith will have an extraordinarily large role," NBC Sports Chairman Dick Ebersol said. "He'll be on the air a minimum of eight hours a day and in some cases as much as 10 to 11."
February 6, 2003 |
NBC, in concert with three cable networks and, in a historic first, the Spanish-language network Telemundo, plans to air around-the-clock coverage of the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics, including some live coverage, the network announced Wednesday. Combined, the five networks will air 806 1/2 hours of coverage, nearly double the hours from Sydney in 2000, which were a ratings bomb, and more than four times the air time from Atlanta in 1996.
February 4, 2003 |
NBC's venture into the world of indoor football had moderate ratings success nationwide, but network and league executives were generally pleased with the numbers they saw. NBC's four regional Arena Football League telecasts Sunday generated a 2.2 overnight Nielsen rating with a 5% share of the audience. An overnight rating is the average for the nation's 55 largest markets. By comparison, the NHL All-Star game on ABC got a 2.4 overnight rating with a 5 share.
January 11, 2003 |
For NBC, the resignation of President Andrew Lack means not so much the loss of a leader as the end of a power struggle that was beginning to take its toll on the broadcast giant. It was no secret that Lack and his boss, Chairman and Chief Executive Bob Wright, had been in a tug of war over daily control of the General Electric Co. unit.
November 27, 2002 |
NBC is going to the dogs on Thanksgiving Day. While CBS and Fox will be telecasting traditional football games from Detroit and Dallas, the peacock network is offering a different type of sporting event -- a pedigree dog show. "It's going to be a warm, fuzzy Thanksgiving," says Mitch Metcalf, NBC Entertainment's senior vice president for scheduling. "The National Dog Show Presented by Purina," which airs directly after the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, was taped Nov. 16 in Philadelphia.
October 11, 2002 |
NBC, which lost the NFL in 1998, had to endure the fall of the XFL last year and then lost the NBA, has big plans for the Arena Football League, which begins its 17th season in February. NBC announced Thursday it will televise up to 70 games on a regional basis during the league's 16-week regular season. The network will televise as many as four games each Sunday. The playoffs begin May 24-25 and conclude with ArenaBowl XVII on June 22.
September 24, 2002 |
NBC Inc. is in advanced discussions with Cablevision Systems Corp. to buy the cable operator's Bravo entertainment channel, according to sources close to the companies. NBC, owned by General Electric Co., is willing to pay about $1 billion for the channel and sister network the Independent Film Channel, sources said. But that sum is about half that envisioned by Cablevision founder Charles Dolan, who has come close to selling his four cable channels several times only to back away.
August 23, 2002 |
NBC, planning for the Athens Summer Olympics of 2004, is gearing up to add to the already-mammoth programming schedule it presented from the Sydney Games two years ago. In Athens, the third installment of its $3.5-billion contract to televise the Games in the United States from 2000 through 2008, NBC and its cable arms, MSNBC and CNBC, figure to add slightly to the 441 1/2 hours broadcast from Sydney in 2000. The total has not been finalized, NBC spokesman Mike McCarley said. The Aug.