July 24, 2002 |
General Electric Co.'s NBC television network is speeding up plans to make a movie about the life of Martha Stewart, the homemaking celebrity whose stock trading is under investigation by Congress. "We had not intended to do this for the upcoming season, but in light of recent events, [we] decided it might be an opportune time to put it into quick production," said Jeff Zucker, NBC Entertainment's president. A House committee is looking into whether Stewart sold shares of ImClone Systems Inc.
July 24, 2002 |
Although NBC has dramatically cut back on its production of TV movies, the network announced Tuesday that it is rushing a biography of embattled lifestyle guru Martha Stewart into production, with plans to have the project ready for the May rating sweeps.
June 17, 2002 |
NBC has found a novel way to promote its fall lineup for the small screen--by previewing its new prime-time shows on the very, very small screen. The General Electric Co.-owned broadcaster has teamed up with San Francisco-based multimedia software company Mazingo Network Inc. to feed video clips of five new NBC shows directly to hand-held computer devices. NBC said it represents the first time that a major television network can easily deliver video directly to mobile users around the world.
June 17, 2002 |
If Tiger Woods wasn't going to be the big news at the U.S. Open on Sunday, then the chance that NBC wouldn't be able to show the finish probably gave him a good run for the headlines. In fact, NBC and the United States Golf Assn. barely avoided a messy incident in the midst of Woods' victory--it might not have been completed because of a late starting time dictated by NBC.
June 9, 2002 |
Talk about your desperate times.... Their exciting playoff run just smashed into a wall and they're running out of time to pick up the pieces. And, let's face it, who says they'll ever be back in this position? Say good night, NBC. Oh, and the New Jersey Nets are in trouble too. Not that you couldn't see this coming six months ago, but it's still rare that a mismatch lives down to its billing as these NBA Finals have.
December 5, 2001 |
Paxson Communications Corp. accused General Electric Co.'s NBC of breach of contract and is trying to block NBC's proposed $2.7-billion purchase of Telemundo Communications Group Inc. NBC owns 32% of Paxson, which operates the Pax TV network and station group, and has an option to raise its stake if TV station ownership rules change. Paxson claims that buying Telemundo would raise regulatory hurdles for NBC to acquire the rest of Paxson, violating the companies' 1999 purchase agreement.
October 11, 2001 |
NBC has sold about 90% of its available commercial time for its broadcasts of next year's Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, network President Randy Falco said. The General Electric Co. unit is charging about $550,000 for a 30-second advertisement during the Olympics, Falco said. NBC hasn't cut rates in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks, even though the tragedy and the slowdown in the U.S. economy have prompted some marketers to postpone buying network advertising.
October 1, 2001 |
Everywhere you looked on NBC News last week, you saw Moscow correspondent Dana Lewis, traveling with Afghan rebels. While Lewis held forth on "NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw," MSNBC, the morning "Today" show and an online MSNBC.com diary, MSNBC anchor Ashleigh Banfield popped up from Pakistan on CNBC. Hoda Kotbe, normally a correspondent on NBC's newsmagazine "Dateline," anchored MSNBC, as did Maurice DuBois, a reporter from NBC's local New York station.
September 8, 2001 |
It might not have been of the same magnitude, but what happened on DirecTV Thursday night is comparable to the "Heidi" game of 1968, when NBC cut away from a New York Jet-Oakland Raider game in the closing minutes to show the children's movie. Viewers watching the USA network's coverage of the exciting U.S. Open match between Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick on DirecTV were deprived of seeing the last game of the final set. At 9:37 p.m.--12:37 a.m.
July 15, 2001 |
Robert Wright, NBC Inc.'s chief executive, holds the record as the longest-running head of any broadcast network for good reason. Since he took the helm in 1986--shortly after General Electric Co. bought its parent company, RCA--Wright has turned NBC into the nation's most profitable network with a disciplined financial approach that often chafes against Hollywood's free-spending style.